Joel Kinnaman Offered Role as Robocop

We’ve been hearing sporadic movement on the remake of 1987’s Robocop, and the remake has been around and around a few times already.  After Darren Aronofsky jumped ship from the project to pursue other, better options, the producers hired Jose Padilha (Elite Squad 1 & 2) to direct the film.  Writer Josh Zetumer was originally hired to write a script, and  earlier this month, Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) was hired to rewrite the script further.

Now Deadline is reporting the lead role of the titular character has been offered to Joel Kinnaman, the Swedish star of AMC‘s excellent murder mystery show The Killing, which is primed for a big return April 1st with a 2 hour special season premiere episode.  Kinnaman has proven his acting chops on the show, playing a complicated character very well.  If they’re looking to go with a less-known actor, Kinnaman is a great choice, and I’m sure he’ll benefit the film greatly.  That is, if they’re this dead set on the film getting made.

As you probably read in my review of Tales From Development Hell, the commission of a screenplay, hiring of a director, and even attachment of a star can end up meaning nothing if all the pieces don’t fall into place, but after years of languishing, it looks like they’re looking to move forward on this Robocop remake.  I’ll see the film, I mean, I saw Robocop 4, so it can’t get much worse than that, I’d just love to see Kinnaman appreciated for an original role.  So far, he has neither denied or accepted the role, so we’ll have to wait and see.  What do you think?  Sound at all interesting?  Or another remake misfire?

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