Gary Oldman Will Invent Robocop

The star of The Dark Knight Rises has signed on to Jose Padilha's remake of the sci-fi/action classic.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Gary Oldman is a hot property these days. The star of The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was a Hollywood mainstay in the 1990s, a decade in which he seemed to play every villain in every movie, but his career was a little quiet for most of the 2000s. Thankfully, he's now back with a vengeance and eager to attach himself to a sci-fi remake. With Akira seemingly scuttled, he's now gone and signed up in Jose Padilha's new version of Robocop.

Oldman won't be playing a character familiar to Robocop fans, says The Hollywood Reporter. He'll be playing a scientist named "Norton" who invents the technology that brings "The Killing's" Joel Kinnaman back to life as a cyborg. But the former cop is now owned by the corporation that runs the Robocop program, leading Norton into a moral quandary over his creation. If we were being cynical, we'd say that Oldman seems likely to get himself a dramatic death scene right before the third act. If we're being positive, well, that's still probably true, but the inclusion of a repentant Dr. Frankenstein could contribute weight to the story's complex themes and vital character dynamics.

The casting announcement also sheds a little light on this new Robocop production, which we now know won't be following the original film too closely. Oldman is the first actor cast in Jose Padilha's remake after Kinnaman, so we expect the ball to start rolling and more announcements to arrive very soon.

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