Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman has been speaking about his good luck in landing the lead role in José Padilha’s 2013 RoboCop remake.
Kinnaman’s casting in the role that was immortalised by Peter Weller in the first two movies – RoboCop (1987) and RoboCop 2 (1990) – was announced at the beginning of March. And, according to PA, it is just the sort of movie the 32-year-old actor was looking for. Speaking about it, he said, “I was chasing a big movie and I feel so lucky it’s this one. I don’t feel like I’m about to do a big action movie [but] a drama about what it is to be human. That’s the core of this movie, even though it comes equipped with fireworks and cool gadgets and CGI.”
For the past two years, Kinnaman has starred as Detective Stephen Holder in the American TV version of The Killing, based on the Danish original, Forbrydelsen (which literally translates as The Crime).
In Sweden, he is best known for playing the lead role in the 2010 movie Snabba Cash (Easy Money) and for playing Frank Wagner in Johan Falk film series. He has also appeared in English-language films The Darkest Hour (2011) – a review of which was posted on Digital Journal in April – and Safe House (2012).
Other cast members already announced for the 2013 RoboCop re-imagining include, Pulp Fiction star Samuel L Jackson – who, according to theHollywood Reporter, will play “Pat Novak, a charismatic media mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world” – and Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon in the Christian Bale Batman movies). Den of Geekreports that Oldman will play “Norton, a scientist, who invents the technology that brings RoboCop to life in the first place”.
Meanwhile, speculation has been rife as to who else will be joining the cast. According to the Guardian, Hugh Laurie (House) is in talks to play a villain in the movie. The role he would play is “the evil and ultra-rich CEO of Omnicorp, the company that makes Robocop. In the 1987 original, Ronny Cox played a similar character.
Elsewhere, the Belfast Telegraphreports that Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) has been offered the female lead.
And José Padilha himself is keen to talk to Michael Fassbender (Prometheus). The director revealed toContact Music: “I really like the Fassbender, I'd like to talk to him.” And, Fassbender responded saying, “I'm always open. I'll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation.”
The original RoboCop movie was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Irvin Kirshner directed RoboCop 2. Both films starred Peter Weller as Alex Murphy/RoboCop. RoboCop 3 (1993) was directed by Fred Dekker and saw Robert John Burke take over the title role. There have been two separate RoboCop television series – the first, in 1994, starred Robert Eden as RoboCop; the second, a 2000 mini-series of four separate films, saw Page Fletcher play the lead. There was also an animated series, in which Robert Bockstael provided the voice of Robocop.
Joel Kinnaman can still be seen in the second series of The Killing, which concludes in the US this weekend and in the UK in July.