Like it or not, RoboCop is coming. Director Jose Padhila’s (Elite Squad) reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 badass classic begins filming in Toronto this September, and the production is filling in the final few pieces of the cast.
Jackie Earle Haley recently signed on to play RoboCop’s trainer. Reports now have Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder) “nearing a deal” to enter into the RoboCop fray. Assuming a deal gets done, he’ll play the Omnicorp head of marketing. Omnicorp is a massive corporation that produces military technology and runs Detroit.
Baruchel feels like a strange choice. Considering the rest of the cast includes Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), and Hugh Laurie (House), everyone else has a more drama-heavy background than the Canadian actor. Not that he can’t be serious from time to time (David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis doesn’t exactly scream light-hearted laughs), but every time he’s on screen I’m going to expect a dick joke, or at least something involving semen.
Also, given his baby face, am I the only one that expects his character to be the low-level exec who gets shredded by ED-209 early on in the film? That’d be kind of awesome. Baruchel brings and inherently likable quality, and I guess we’ll see how his squirmy awkwardness translates to high-impact sci-fi action.
RoboCop is the story of Detroit cop Alex Murphy, who gets blown to hell by bad guys only to be resurrected by Omnicorp as an ass-kicking cybernetic justice-dispensing machine. Kinnaman plays the lead, Cornish his wife, Oldman RoboCop’s creator, Jackson a media mogul, and Laurie the main villain.
RoboCop should hit theaters in summer 2013.