The 'RoboCop' Remake Gets Michael Keaton to Play the Villainous CEO

Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:05 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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The 'RoboCop' Remake Gets Michael Keaton to Play the Villainous CEO

Here at IAR, we haven't said too much about the casting of the RoboCop remake, partially because there's been so much of it, but mostly because the notion of a RoboCop is something we're still having trouble getting out heads around.  In this case, though, we're making an exception.  Why?  Because the newest addition to the cast is a proven source of onscreen excellence: Michael Keaton.

Yeah, the same Michael Keaton who played Bruce Wayne in two Batman movies and created an insanely exuberant character with Beetlejuice.  The guy who pretty much stole Toy Story 3 and The Other Guys a few summers back.  Mr. Mom himself.  As underrated as an actor with his profile could possibly be.

He's joined the cast of Jose Padilha's take on RoboCop as the big bad guy, Omnicorp CEO Raymond Sellars.  Omnicorp is the remake version of the original's Omni Consumer Products, the company that turns cop Alex Murphy into RoboCop.  Presumably, the character corresponds at least a little to Dick Jones, the OCP blowhard played by Ronny Cox in Paul Verhoeven's audacious, brilliant 1987 satire.

Sellars is a role with which House star and general British delight Hugh Laurie has been associated for some time, but news that his negotiations didn't pan out arrived online last Friday.  Initial reports mentioned Clive Owen as a possible replacement, suggesting that Padilha and company were looking to keep things British.  Not so, it turns out, as Keaton's on board.

Padilha himself told Deadline, which broke Keaton's casting, “Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place. It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We’ve got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209’s and I can’t wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets.”

The film, being brought to us by MGM and Sony Pictures, certainly has a formidable cast.  Joel Kinnaman of AMC's The Killing is set to play Alex Murphy, and he'll be supporting by the likes of Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley.

This new RoboCop, which will have to be pretty damn unique to justify its existence, follows this year's less-than-entirely-successful remake of Verhoeven's Total Recall.  Production has yet to begin, but the RoboCop remake is scheduled to hit theaters on August 9, 2013.

And now, for your enjoyment, is a spoilery compilation of Keaton's perfectly-delivered TLC references in Adam McKay's The Other Guys:

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