Despite the general distaste of the remake craze here on this site, we’ve got to hand it to Sony for putting some major talent behind their next take on RoboCop. The director behind the pair of thrilling Elite Squad films, Jose Padilha, will be helming the project, with a cast that already includes Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and Jennifer Ehle.
Now they’ve added a top-notch supporting actor in the form of Michael K. Williams, star of The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. The Hollywood Reporter informs us that the actor will be playing Joel Kinnaman’s police officer partner, one that’s close with his family. It’s hard to find fault with this casting and the idea that Williams is side by side with our lead will give him some much-deserved recognition.
We’ve seen one sci-fi adaptation of a Paul Verhoeven cult classic crash and burn this August in Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall, so let’s hope a more promising future is in store a year from now. As for Williams, he’s currently taking part in one of the most highly-anticipated films of next year, Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave, as he balances encouraging features on both the independent and blockbuster side.
Production begins this September in Toronto for an August 9th, 2013 release.
What do you think of the latest RoboCop casting?