Joel Kinnaman cast in RoboCop. Joel Kinnaman being cast in the remake of RoboCop, directed by Jose Padilha, answers the question of who will play the lead role of Alex Murphy in the action, science-fiction film. Joel Kinnaman came to prominence as the male lead in AMC’s The Killing. After the success of the first season of that new series, Joel Kinnaman began appearing in more and more high profile projects, the latest being the Denzel Washington action, spy film Safe House.
For those unfamiliar with director Jose Padilha:
Padilha emerged onto the Brazilian movie scene with his first feature film Bus 174 (2002). In 2007, Padilha directed The Elite Squad, his first fictional film. The film was a commercial and critical success, seen by more than 11 million people in Brazil, coming in at Number 1 in 2007. In 2008, Padilha won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Elite Squad, bringing him international attention. Due to the success of Elite Squad, a 2010 sequel was released: The Elite Squad 2 – The Enemy Within. This film was selected as Brazil’s official Oscars entry in 2012 for Best Foreign Film, but it did not make the final shortlist.
There is little news about the script for the RoboCop remake. What is known is the “current incarnation of MGM’s revamp of Paul Verhoeven’s satirical sci-fi action film has… a script that Josh Zetumer wrote and Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) is rewriting. Judging by Elite Squad 2, RoboCop looks like it is in good hands.