Even though a recent script review makes RoboCop sound like a damn transformer, much to the displeasure of fans of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, the production keeps chugging right along. Filming is scheduled to begin soon, and they’re piecing together the cast. The latest addition to the call sheet is Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
Jean-Baptiste is most widely known for her role in the CBS FBI kidnapping drama “Without a Trace,” but she’s appeared in everything from The Cell to Sons of Anarchy. It seems like she always plays a cop, usually some no nonsense type, quite often high-ranking. RoboCop isn’t going to change that perception. According to Variety she will play Detroit police chief Karen Dean.
Directed by Jose Padhila (Elite Squad), the RoboCop remake is set in 2029. Massive multinational conglomerate OmniCorp has the robot technology market on lockdown. Their drones wreak havoc in the wars that ravage the globe, and their next goal is to bring the war home to the city streets of America. When good cop/devoted family man, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), is gunned down and left for dead in the line of duty, OmniCorp resurrects him as a badass cyborg crime-fighting machine. With his newfound abilities, Murphy stalks the streets of the Motor City as RoboCop, taking down crime and corruption with every step.
RoboCop also stars Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Michael Kenneth Williams. We’re scheduled to see RoboCop kick down theater doors August 9th, 2013.