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Gary Oldman accepts a role in Jose Padilha's remake of Robocop

May. 23, 2012by: Niki Stephens

What was your interest level when you first heard about a ROBOCOP reboot? If Gary Oldman is thrown into the mix, what does that do for you?

The remake, directed by Jose Padilha (ELITE SQUAD) will star THE KILLING's Joel Kinnaman as the titular characer, "a cop named Alex Murphy who is brought back from the brink of death and turned into a cyborg police officer."

It looks like Oldman has now signed on to play a new role, that of, "Norton, the scientist who creates Robocop and finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation." So what does this mean for the original story? In the original, the only person who knows of his past memories, which is also his last bit of humanity is lady cop, Anne Lewis (previously played by Nancy Allen). Will Norton be the one who has this information instead?

I think it will be a little more interesting having a character like this. Oldman is the Geppetto to Kinnaman's Robo-Pinocchio minus the lying problem.

The production will begin in Tornoto at an unknown date and is set for release in the Summer of 2013.

Source: THR

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11:26AM on 05/25/2012
This is legit :)
This is legit :)
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6:39PM on 05/24/2012
Can you fly Bobby?
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12:27PM on 05/24/2012
Anytime I heard Oldman in a ROBOCOP remake, I'll be going to guess him as the Kurtwood Smith of the remake....Because as great as he is in any kind of role, he is a BAD MOTHERFUCKER in psycho villain characters, and after all the Gordon works, its high time he do one, too! But eh, not every dreams come true...Any Oldman is always better than no Oldman, offcourse.
Anytime I heard Oldman in a ROBOCOP remake, I'll be going to guess him as the Kurtwood Smith of the remake....Because as great as he is in any kind of role, he is a BAD MOTHERFUCKER in psycho villain characters, and after all the Gordon works, its high time he do one, too! But eh, not every dreams come true...Any Oldman is always better than no Oldman, offcourse.
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8:25AM on 05/24/2012
Speaking as someone who really, really loves Robocop, I'm keeping an open mind until we've actually seen something from this movie. Gary Oldman's great, so I ain't complaining.
Speaking as someone who really, really loves Robocop, I'm keeping an open mind until we've actually seen something from this movie. Gary Oldman's great, so I ain't complaining.
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8:03AM on 05/24/2012
For those having any doubt in this reboot - one only needs to see The Elite Squad movies to be reassured this is in GREAT hands. And the inclusion of Oldman only makes it BETTER
For those having any doubt in this reboot - one only needs to see The Elite Squad movies to be reassured this is in GREAT hands. And the inclusion of Oldman only makes it BETTER
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7:47AM on 05/24/2012

Oh dear

I guess after losing at the Oscars Gary must have said "Meh! F#@K it, I'll just phone it in as usual and make sure I have a blast while doing it!"
I guess after losing at the Oscars Gary must have said "Meh! F#@K it, I'll just phone it in as usual and make sure I have a blast while doing it!"
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4:16AM on 05/24/2012
Even the great Gary Oldman needs to pay some bills.
Even the great Gary Oldman needs to pay some bills.
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12:47AM on 05/24/2012

This remake can work...

if it addresses the [link] issues of 2012. Robocop is a beloved movie, but its a Frankenstein/Dirty Harry story that doesn't reflect current paranoia. This is actually an idea that warrants a redo... if it's done well.
if it addresses the [link] issues of 2012. Robocop is a beloved movie, but its a Frankenstein/Dirty Harry story that doesn't reflect current paranoia. This is actually an idea that warrants a redo... if it's done well.
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12:27AM on 05/24/2012
Bitches leave.
Bitches leave.
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11:05PM on 05/23/2012
My interest has risen a bit because of this casting. Who knows, maybe it will actually be a decent remake.

Is Norton still involved in this film?
My interest has risen a bit because of this casting. Who knows, maybe it will actually be a decent remake.

Is Norton still involved in this film?
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10:46PM on 05/23/2012
I'll never watch this.
I'll never watch this.
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8:58PM on 05/23/2012
My interest rises up from Zero level. With Gary Oldman in the movie, at least I know what kind of acting caliber he'll bring to the table.
My interest rises up from Zero level. With Gary Oldman in the movie, at least I know what kind of acting caliber he'll bring to the table.
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8:51PM on 05/23/2012
While I think Oldman is one of the greatest actors of all time, his involvement does not mean a quality product is to be had, as, and please correct if I'm wrong loyal readers, but I believe he's made more bad movies than good
While I think Oldman is one of the greatest actors of all time, his involvement does not mean a quality product is to be had, as, and please correct if I'm wrong loyal readers, but I believe he's made more bad movies than good
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11:28AM on 05/24/2012
I will be the first to correct you, sir. For every "bad" movie Oldman starred in, I can name one or two good. Care to lay out your arguments?
I will be the first to correct you, sir. For every "bad" movie Oldman starred in, I can name one or two good. Care to lay out your arguments?
4:38PM on 05/24/2012
I stand corrected, not as many bad as good, but "Nobodys Baby" "Red Riding Hood" "Tiptoes" "The Unborn" "Lost In Space" "Romeo Is Bleeding" just to name a few
I stand corrected, not as many bad as good, but "Nobodys Baby" "Red Riding Hood" "Tiptoes" "The Unborn" "Lost In Space" "Romeo Is Bleeding" just to name a few
6:23AM on 05/25/2012
True, those are bad, though Oldman himself was great in Lost in Space. But they dont outweigh Leon, Dracula, Batman or the HP movies. Not to mention Book of Eli, JFK and aruguably 5th Element. Appreciate the retraction. And even when the movie is bad, he is almost always great
True, those are bad, though Oldman himself was great in Lost in Space. But they dont outweigh Leon, Dracula, Batman or the HP movies. Not to mention Book of Eli, JFK and aruguably 5th Element. Appreciate the retraction. And even when the movie is bad, he is almost always great
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8:48PM on 05/23/2012
Im giving this a shot, I like Joel Kinnaman from the killing and usually its a good move if you have Oldman added to the cast.
Im giving this a shot, I like Joel Kinnaman from the killing and usually its a good move if you have Oldman added to the cast.
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8:35PM on 05/23/2012

Funny how...

All exciting projects tumble from A-list (Aronofsky) to "who gives a shit"... so quickly.
All exciting projects tumble from A-list (Aronofsky) to "who gives a shit"... so quickly.
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