The Savior of Detroit has risen!
Over the weekend, Deadline revealed that Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (THE KILLING, SNABBA CASH, SAFE HOUSE) had been officially cast in Jose Padilha’s remake of ROBOCOP. It was surprising news, mostly because people expected a bigger name attached to the project. People were expecting Michael Fassbender (who Padilha has mentioned before) or someone along those lines.
But Kinnaman is a great choice for the part. We all know that Padilha will explore new territory with his take on the cop-turned-cyborg-badass so it’s only fitting that he casts a different type of actor. Kinnaman is someone who will add depth and darkness to the role.
Padilha had this to say about the project late last year (via Coming Soon):
“I have my take on it and I can tell you this: In the first ‘RoboCop’ when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?”
We know Kinnaman has the acting chops to lead ROBOCOP but will he look the part? To convince you, we’ve compiled a few pictures of the actor. We’ve cropped his face in such a way so you’ll only see what will be visible under his helmet. Now just imagine him in full costume with that robotic, menacing voice.