Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Jennifer Ehle is in talks to join the cast of director Jose Padhila’s RoboCop. The remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic is scheduled to begin shooting soon in Toronto.
According to Deadline, the Contagion actress would play a woman named Liz Kline. This is a new character, one that doesn’t appear in the original, and aside from the name, there isn’t much else to tell. There has been talk that this update will focus more on the relationship between RoboCop (Joel Kinnaman) and his creator, a scientist named Norton (Gary Oldman). Perhaps Liz Kline is a part of that side of the story, a subject not dealt with in Verhoeven’s RoboCop.
Part of me suspects that this Liz Kline person is involved in the process that saves the life of critically-injured police officer Alex Murphy by turning him into a robotic justice-dispensing machine. That same part really wants her to be an updated version of the female scientist who gets drunk at the holiday party and plants a big wet smooch on RoboCop. You know, the one leaves a smudge of lipstick across the optics screen in the original. This is purely conjecture on my part. There is absolutely no basis for this theory, no evidence whatsoever to back it up, but it’s a feeling I get when I consider the possibilities.
Ehle joins a cast that includes Hugh Laurie as the main villain, Abbie Cornish as Murphy’s wife, Samuel L. Jackson as a media mogul, and Jackie Earle Haley as the guy who trains RoboCop in military tactics.
The RoboCop reboot kicks in theater doors August 9th, 2013.