Samuel L. Jackson is making the shift from superheroes to violent robots. Heat Vision reports that Jackson is joining the increasingly impressive cast of director Jose Padilha’s Robocop remake, taking on the role of a “charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world.” The Killing star Joel Kinnaman is set in the lead role, and Gary Oldman recently signed on to star as the scientist responsible for creating Robocop in the first place. While I was fairly ambivalent about the prospect of this remake throughout its development, these three interesting casting choices make the film much more appealing.
Kinnaman recently described the update as “a new story within the old one,” so it’s safe to assume that Padilha’s version will differ quite a bit from the original Paul Verhoeven film. Production is scheduled to begin this September in Toronto with an eye towards a possible summer 2013 release.