After a lengthy search for the lead, last week we learned that MGM had offered The Killing star Joel Kinnaman the titular role in its remake of the 1987 sci-fi film RoboCop. Now Deadline reports that the deal has closed, as director José Padilha has finally landed his RoboCop in Kinnaman. Following his impressive turn on the AMC series, Kinnaman has been fielding a number of high profile offers as of late. He was set to star as Lancelot in Warner Bros.’s Arthur & Lancelot, but the studio recently put that project on hold in order to sort out some budget issues. Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, who was set to play Arthur, has already signed on for a replacement project in the meantime, and now it appears that Kinnaman is doing the same. I’m not sure if either actor will be available when/if Warner Bros. resumes production on Arthur & Lancelot, but given that both have obligations to film the next seasons of their respective TV series, I’m not confident that they’ll be able to return.
Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk was recently set to pen the script for Padilha’s updated RoboCop, and with a lead actor firmly in place it’s safe to assume that they should be headed into production fairly soon. I’m a fan of Kinnaman’s work on The Killing, and I’m eager to see how he’ll handle the lead of such a popular property.