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The Killing actor Joel Kinnaman offered the lead in Robocop reboot

Feb. 24, 2012by: Paul Shirey

AMC's The Killing actor Joel Kinnaman has been extended the offer to take the cyborg mantle of ROBOCOP in director Jose Padilha's reboot of the franchise, which originally starred Peter Weller in the titular role.

Kinnaman made his first impression's with the AMC series and has most recently appeared in SNABBACASH and SAFE HOUSE, both from director Daniel Espinosa.  The ROBOCOP reboot has been a long gestating project, with Padilha finally securing the reins after Darren Aronofsky left. 

A while back, Padilha was quoted as saying:

"We need an American RoboCop, man. RoboCop is an American guy, his name is Alex Murphy." (Kinnaman has both Swedish and American citizenship)

Padilha's vision is a much more different one than Paul Verhoeven's, which entails a bigger focus on the transition of Alex Murphy into the machine that is Robocop.  More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: Do we need another Robocop? You tell me.
Source: Deadline

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3:05PM on 02/25/2012

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this could be a sign of things moving in the right direction by sheer fact of offering a guy like Kinnaman the role...sign of good things to come, perhaps?
this could be a sign of things moving in the right direction by sheer fact of offering a guy like Kinnaman the role...sign of good things to come, perhaps?
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1:04PM on 02/25/2012
I think a Robocop film right now would be SO boss!
I think a Robocop film right now would be SO boss!
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11:46AM on 02/25/2012
To his credit, Jose Padilha directed the "Elite Squad" movies, both of which are incredible crime thrillers. If he can maintain creative control, this could be worth watching, but that is more than likely not the case.
To his credit, Jose Padilha directed the "Elite Squad" movies, both of which are incredible crime thrillers. If he can maintain creative control, this could be worth watching, but that is more than likely not the case.
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7:23AM on 02/25/2012
Kinnaman is cool and the Robocop premise has so many angles that i have no problem with a new take on the story.
Kinnaman is cool and the Robocop premise has so many angles that i have no problem with a new take on the story.
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5:42PM on 02/24/2012

Just like The Wolverine...

...I completely lost both faith and interest in this project after Aronofsky's departure. He could have brought a fresh, dark and human insight to the franchise. This Jose Padilha guy is sadly just another example of a studio hiring a newcomer to helm a franchise picture so that they can boss him around. Remember what happened to Fincher with Alien 3? It's like these big studios purposely get no-name directors who have no clout, just so they can be forced into doing whatever the studio
...I completely lost both faith and interest in this project after Aronofsky's departure. He could have brought a fresh, dark and human insight to the franchise. This Jose Padilha guy is sadly just another example of a studio hiring a newcomer to helm a franchise picture so that they can boss him around. Remember what happened to Fincher with Alien 3? It's like these big studios purposely get no-name directors who have no clout, just so they can be forced into doing whatever the studio wants.

I never believed Aronofsky's 'official' reasons for leaving either of these projects - I think at the end of the day he wouldn't bow down to the studios' demands, and unlike Jon Favreau with Iron Man 2, he had enough dignity to say, "Fine, then I'll just quit."
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4:54PM on 02/24/2012
I'd be on board if it wasn't another damn reboot.
I'd be on board if it wasn't another damn reboot.
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10:37AM on 02/25/2012
Agreed, we need more quality like RoboCop 3 and Prime Directives, not something fresh!
Agreed, we need more quality like RoboCop 3 and Prime Directives, not something fresh!
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4:00PM on 02/24/2012
Let's make him European and call him Alexandrios Murphinsky
Let's make him European and call him Alexandrios Murphinsky
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3:32PM on 02/24/2012
I like the actor, not so sure about the project.
I like the actor, not so sure about the project.
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