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April 17,2012
Melanie Jo   /   0 Comments   •   Headlines & Rumors Robocop

With Joel Kinnaman recently tapped to star, and a Summer 2013 release date set, ROBOCOP (REMAKE) has been generating more and more buzz with every day that passes. MGM is adding fuel to the excitement fire as it is in negotiations with several new stars to light up the cast.

Following faithfully in the vein of the original film, the pic will chronicle Alex Murphy, a top-notch officer in a future dystopian Detroit, who is brutally murdered while in the line of duty. Because of his impressive track record, he is reanimated as Robocop, a half-man half-robot hybrid designed to be a top notch answer to the crime-ridden city. Kinnaman will fill Peter Weller’s shoes as Robocop and MGM is looking to give him company.

Edward Norton is circling to, fittingly enough, play the role of Norton, the brilliant mastermind behind bringing Robocop to life. Norton (the actor) best known for his starring roles in “Fight Club” and “American History X”, will be starring in another upcoming action-thriller, “The Bourne Legacy”. Also circling are Gael Garcia Bernal and Rebecca Hall in strong supporting roles. Bernal would look to be cast as Jack Lewis, Alex’s dashingly handsome police partner who eventually begins a relationship with Hall’s character, Clara, Alex’s former wife before his transformation into Robocop.

There is strong interest in Sean Penn to assume the role of Novack, a right-wing news reporter who sticks to his guns when it comes to his political views. After being championed for his portrayal of left wing politician Harvey Milk in the 2008 film “Milk”, it would be interesting to see Penn to take on a role of a reporter at the other end of the political spectrum.

Eric Newman and Marc Abraham to produce

Norton and Bernal are both repped by WME, Hall is repped by Julian Belfrage & Associates and WME and Penn is repped by CAA. [xx]

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