THR is reporting that Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman has been offered the lead of MGM’s remake of RoboCop, the 1987 sci-fi action movie about a cyborg policeman.
Kinnaman is the male lead of AMC’s “The Killing” who came to Hollywood’s attention via his work on Scandinavian thrillers such as Snabba cash. He’s appeared in bit roles in Summit’s sci-fi movie The Darkest Hour and Universal’s Safe House.
Dealmaking is expected to begin imminently.
The Robocop remake is being described as a gritty origin story as MGM reboots the franchise. Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) is directing.
“The original was about a cop who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop, until suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him.” Peter Weller played the character in the original and the 1990 sequel.