MGM’s RoboCop remake is set in a not-too-distant dystopian future, and what would a not-too-distant dystopian future be without an all powerful media empire that runs everything? And who better to play the head of this media empire than Samuel L. Jackson? This bit of casting is the latest news on Jose Padhila’s reboot of the 1987 classic.
Jackson joins a cast that already includes Joel Kinnaman as hero-cop Alex Murphy who gets shot all to hell then revamped as a cybernetic dispenser of justice, and Gary Oldman as a scientist named Norton who creates RoboCop. It’s also rumored that Gael Garcia Bernal is in the discussion for another role.
According to reports Jackson will play Pat Novak, described as “a charismatic media mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world.” Is it just me or does that sound like a pretty sweet set up for a potential villain? Megalomaniacal media baron with shady interests and his fingers in a lot of illicit crime pies? That idea has a certain charm to it.
Maybe Novak isn’t a villain, but in my experience high-ranking corporate executives in movies are generally up to no good. Even if he’s not the main antagonist, odds are he’s connected to trouble in some way, or at least pulling strings behind the scenes like the Great and Powerful Oz of wickedness. Jackson is such a badass, and does such a great villain, that I have my fingers crossed for a more sinister role. It’s been a while since he played a really good bad guy. If nothing else, he’ll have a significant impact.
Right now Jackson is filming Quentin Tarantino’s bounty hunter, slavery, revenge western Django Unchained, as well as riding the worldwide wave of Avengers mania. With shooting for RoboCop scheduled to begin in September in Toronto, he’s going to be a busy man.