With the viral video for Jose Padilha’s RoboCop reboot being released this past weekend, we were offered a first glimpse at ED 209 as well as a brief look at aspects of the new Robo-suit. Joel Kinnaman who has been cast in the lead, is currently on promotional duties for Easy Money (Snabba Cash) and has been asked about RoboCop.
He told Collider that “It’s a re-imagining. There are ideas from the first movie that have been remade in the second one, but it’s a completely new take on it. We have a fantastic director, Jose Padilha he’s a very confident, bold director. You need that kind of a strong force in a director that’s going to do his first movie with a big studio. You need a person that can stand his ground on certain things, and know which battles are worth fighting and where you compromise. If you’ve seen his movies, you know that he’s a very talented actor’s director. The acting is superb in his films, and the action is very, very believable. He also has a history of being a physicist. His knowledge of where robotics and neuroscience is now is a complete understanding of where the cutting edge is. He’s working with the writers on a plausible version of 2041, and that’s going to be very interesting. The core of it will be something of substance, and then you have the fireworks around it.”
Chatting specifically about the appeal of the role, he said that “At first, when I heard about a RoboCop remake, I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll probably watch that movie, but I don’t think I wanna be in it.’ And then, they told me that Jose Padilha was going to direct it and I was like, ‘Wait, the guy that did Tropa de Elite 1 and 2?’ When they said, ‘Yeah’ I was like, ‘Oh, okay’ … And then, when he told me about his take on this, I was like, ‘Wow, this is something really good and really worth trying to get’. Now, when I’ve been reading the scripts, his vision is really interesting. From an acting perspective, it’s really challenging and difficult stuff that I think can really say something.”
In separate news, Studio Canal has announced that it’s picked up the new RoboCop for distribution in the UK.
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