Although the credibility of the upcoming RoboCop reboot may be a bit off, that hasn’t stopped MGM from continuing on with their remake plans. According to Variety, Marianne Jean-Baptiste is the latest one to join the cast, which already includes Joel Kinnaman, Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman.
Elite Squad director Jose Padilha was hired to helm the project back in March of 2011, with the story originating from the mind of Josh Zetumer. Kinnaman (The Killing, Safe House) stars as the crime fighter, “a Detriot office who’s transformed into RoboCop after he’s murdered while on duty.” The new cast member, will play the role of Detroit Police Chief, Karen Dean. Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish, The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams, as well as Jay Baruchel have also been cast in the reboot.
Jean-Baptiste, who got an Oscar nomination back in 1996 for Secrets & Lies, recently had success portraying Vivian Johnson on CBS’s Without a Trace for seven seasons, which ended back in 2009. Since then, she’s kept pretty busy — she’ll be seen next in The Moment, alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh; Violet & Daisy with James Gandolfini and Saoirse Ronan; Fernando Meirelles‘ 360, as well as Won’t Back Down, with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.
Shooting for RoboCop starts up next month in Toronto, with a release date slated for August 9, 2013.
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