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As you are probably aware by now, MGM is currently in the process of remaking, among other things, Paul Verhoeven's 1987 cult classic 'Robocop.' The new version will be directed by Jose Padilha ('Elite Squad 2: Enemy Within') and will star 'The Killing's Joel Kinnaman as the ill-fated Officer Murphy who is ostensibly murdered and then brought back to life as a cyborg law enforcement unit. Now it seems as if iconic actor Gary Oldman has also joined the cast. Oldman will play Norton, the scientist who creates the Robocop technology but then experiences a moral quandary as to whether to help Murphy regain his identity or ensure he lives up to OCP's demands. The shooting for the new 'Robocop' is slated to begin in September in Toronto and the hope is to have the movie released next summer.
This is great news for the remake. Oldman is a phenomenal actor and has been rather prevalent in the box office world of late thanks to his turns as Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan's Batman films and Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series. Of course, he has been creating unforgettable characters his entire career: 'Leon,' 'The Fifth Element,' 'Air Force One,' all the way back to 'Sid and Nancy.' I like the angle Padilha is taking with the remake, in that he's going to explore the psychological and ethical dilemmas inherent in creating the half-man-half-machine police officer. Sort of like 'Frankenstein.' I'm sure there will be action sequences as well, so fear not fans of violence, but I like that he's trying something new that still fits within the 'Robocop' universe and pursues a specific avenue we haven't visited before. Oldman's casting means Padilha has someone talented enough to effectively take on that approach with poise and lend weight to it.
What do you guys think? Are you happy Oldman has been brought on board the 'Robocop' remake? Are you curious about this approach to the character?