There must have been something of a scramble to replace Hugh Laurie when he dropped out of the 'Robocop' remake. Even though word about the script and the making of it have suggested that the film isn't going to be great, they've just made a great choice in casting: They're replacing Laurie with Michael Keaton.
The 'RoboCop' remake has a pretty impressive cast. Led by 'The Killing' star Joel Kinnaman, the cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel and Abbie Cornish. But one thing it doesn't have is a villain.
'House' star Hugh Laurie, who had signed on to star as the film's bad guy, has unexpectedly dropped out of the project.
So far, the ‘RoboCop’ reboot earned most if its headlines by surrounding lead actor Joel Kinnaman (‘The Killing) with an eye-popping ensemble. Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and the always brilliant Michael K. Williams have signed on for the production, which is about to start filming in Toronto in September. But Sunday night, the love parade being thrown for ‘RoboCop’ ran into its first public pothole … and we’re not sure it’s going to be able to get back on track.
If movies are “won” in the casting department, then Jose Padilha’s planned ‘RoboCop’ reboot currently has a 50-point lead on its competition. The director already has completed a number of inspired hires for his 2013 tentpole thriller, surrounding his lead actor, Joel Kinnaman (‘The Killing’) with supporting talents like Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Hugh Laurie. Today, another stellar actor has been added to the mix.
The 'Robocop' remake is upon us, and whether you want it or not, you're getting it. Now more and more names are popping up to star in the film and Jay Baruchel is the latest who may be fighting crime with -- or against -- Detroit's half man/half-machine justice dealer.
As wrong as it feels that they're remaking 'RoboCop' (and it does feel sooo wrong), it's impossible to look at the cast that director Jose Padilha is building not be pretty impressed. In addition to Joel Kinnaman putting on the cybernetic implants, the film will feature Gary Oldman, Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson and now Jackie Earle Haley, who just can't seem to stop himself from getting attached to geek properties.
Although Jose Padilha's remake of the certified classic 'RoboCop' hasn't even started shooting, the viral marketing has begun! Although we're still waiting to see what star Joel Kinnaman will look like as a cybernetically enhanced, corporation-controlled police officer, a new website for the fictional OmniCorp company popped up that gives fans a look at a character almost as iconic as the titular hero himself: ED-209.
Most of the latest casting for the upcoming remake 'Robocop' has focused on the new characters, from Gary Oldman's creator, to Samuel L. Jackson's entertainment tycoon. Though we don't expect it to be a scene-for-scene remake, we're curious how much of it will reflect the original. There are some elements, as it seems that Hugh Laurie will be playing the head of OCP.