A remake for Robocop has long been in development, with little updates for some time now. With a script set, as well as a director, it’s unclear just when production will begin. However, we now may have an answer to that question, as the project has now offered the lead role of the upcoming picture to a big up-and-comer.
Deadline reports that Joel Kinnaman has been offered to take over the franchise in the titular role from MGM. He would hold the torch passed on from previous star of the series Peter Weller, and it would be Kinnaman’s first starring U.S. feature role. The actor was previously set to make his lead state-side debut in Arthur & Lancelot by Warner Brothers, but since the film’s release has been pushed to “undetermined”, it’s unclear if the project is even still alive at this point.
Kinnaman made a big impact when he debuted in one of the lead roles of the hit AMC mystery drama The Killing, and recently showed up on the big screen in this month’s Safe House.
The film is set to be directed by Jose Padilha, while the script was written by Josh Zetumer. MGM will distribute, while Strike Entertainment will be producing. The current release date the studio is aiming for is sometime next year, and with this huge possible casting grab, production could well be underway later this year.
Kinnaman will return to his role for The Killing when Season 2 premieres on April 1st with a two-hour season debut on AMC.