Even badass cyborg crime-fighting machines need someone to love. Following this logic, MGM is in talks with actress Abbie Cornish (Limitless) to play the wife of the hero in RoboCop. Her character would be married to Alex Murphy, the cop who gets blasted all to hell and is ultimately resurrected as RoboCop.
If she takes the part—which has reportedly been offered—Cornish will appear opposite Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) in director Jose Padhila’s (Elite Squad) remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic. Gary Oldman is on board to play RoboCop’s creator, Norton; Samuel L. Jackson is attached to play media mogul (and potential villain?) Pat Novak; and Gael Garcia Bernal is also rumored to be in the running for another role.
What is unclear is how large the part of the wife will be. In the original Murphy’s wife thinks he’s dead, and, along with their son, moves on with her life. She exists primarily in flashbacks and jagged remnants of memories of a past life that haunt RoboCop. It’s an important piece of the puzzle, making him more human and relatable, as well as driving him forward, but the part is minimal. Perhaps this version will be beefed up a bit from the source material.
Initially I wondered if maybe Cornish was up for the part of Murphy’s wise-cracking, gum-snapping partner, played by Nancy Allen in Verhoeven’s film. That’s another part that needs filling; another small, but integral member of the crew.
MGM is moving quickly, putting together the cast for Padhila’s Hollywood debut. Filming on RoboCop is slated to begin in September.