Writer/Director José Padilha Likes Michael Fassbender for ROBOCOP

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Brazilian writer/director José Padilha (Elite Squad) signed on to direct the RoboCop remake last March.  At the time, Padilha said there is no deadline for the script he’s co-writing with Joshua Zetumer: “When the screenplay turns out good enough, then we will start shooting.“  Padilha and Zetumer turned in a new draft this week—as it gets closer to “good enough,” it’s time to start thinking about casting.  Padilha floated one name for the cop-turned-cyborg in a recent interview with Globo (translated by our partners at Omelete):

“I can’t say anything yet.  It’s too early.  But there are some actors I am considering.  I like [Michael] Fassbender a lot.  I’m going to meet him—it’s a possibility.  There are great actors who could play RoboCop.”

I’d love to see Fassbender in the role.  With X-Men: First Class this summer and Prometheus next June, Fassbender has shown a penchant for the sci-fi blockbuster.  (In between indie dramas about sex addicts and sadomasochistic psychoanalysts, that is.)  RoboCop is probably one of the most interesting roles out there right now that happens to come with a big paycheck.  May that be enough for Mr. Fassbender.

Padihla plans on a February or March for the Detroit-set movie.  Hit the jump for the synopsis and trailer for the 1987 version.

Set in Detroit sometime in the near future, the film is about a policeman killed in the line of duty whom the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The RoboCop is indestructible, and within a matter of weeks he has removed crime from the streets of Detroit. However, his human side is tortured by his past, and he wants revenge on the thugs who killed him. [Fandango]


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  • WyldeMan45

    PLEASE get this deal done Padilha! Fassbender would be an amazing RoboCop.

  • Albert

    hell yeah!!!! i aprrove!

  • SL

    Not only that, but Fassbender for everything and anything! LOL He’s such an amazing actor who deserves any role and recognition he gets. One last thing, you mentioned X-Men and Prometheus, but don’t forget 300. I know it’s not sci-fi but that was his first big movie. A lot of people say they first saw him in Hunger, but I actually knew him from 300! :)

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  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    That sounds like a good casting decision I could get behind.

    I thought they were going to pull a “Crow” and go for an emo boy, such as Channing Tatum, Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield… those kind of crap actors.

    But, still, I hope they don’t go all touchy-feely on fans of the original.

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      Furthermore, if they were going to cast Sam Worthington, I would have puked right there in my Robocop pajamas!

      (Note: I actually don’t have Robocop pajamas… but I liked the imagery such a reference creates).

    • battleangel

      Off topic, but I had a funny/intriguing casting choice for The Crow: Russel Brand.

      • SL

        Interesting choice. We haven’t seen anything dramatic for Brand yet, but he could pull the look off and it would definately work for unexpected casting.

  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    And now that I’m a little bit more positive about this project, with this latest news, I’m still am hesitant and a tad wary… are they going to tack on some silly, overly romantic and sentimental love story? And then, are they going to horribly miscast that role?

  • Migz13

    I have to say, Fassbender being a possible Robocop seems interesting. I’d like to see how all this plays out if all the right cards are in place. Robocop has always been a classic for me, but I getting it rebooted seems… has ‘blasphemously’ piqued my curiosity.

  • battleangel

    Robocop = pure bad ass. The first film stands on its own of one of the greatest achievements of snarky sci-fi ever, and I’ll always see that film for the brilliant piece of social commentary it is. But the character of Robocop is bigger than just that one first film, and so I welcome a reboot, especially after the miserable 2nd/3rd movie and long forgotten TV show.

    Fassbender, like you all said, gets my vote for any male protagonist role he f’n feels like! I’ll watch him in anything… well, I’m going to maybe skip the one where he busts out his shlong for the whole movie.

    He’d be an absolutely killer Robocop.

  • joe kerr

    oh my! i love that trailer, the 80′s in all their glory. i really like the idea of fassbender as robocop, he can give as much emotional conflict as coldness to the character. bring it on i say.

  • Jeff

    Hope the remake is just as brutal as the original. They don’t make movies like they did in the 80s! Anyone else recognize the music in the trailer as the Terminator theme song?

    • Mike

      You know it’ll be rated PG-13 instead of R so that it can reach a wider audience. Which is… lame.

  • Jesse

    I honestly think William Fichtner would make a better robocop… his acting would be great when he transforms into robocop. he also make a great Alex Murphy…i honestly think William is better suited for the role… no irony intended.

    • BattleAngel29A

      Won’t get much argument here for William playing any f’n part he can get… Robocop? Sure. In fact he’ll yes. In terms of movie biz, Fassbender makes a lot more sense. But Fichtner *is* Murphy. Perfect. But perfect in the way Keaton was perfect for a psychopathic, spoiled brat that is Bruce Wayne.

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