There’s A New “RoboCop” In Town

Joel Kinnaman

A few days ago we learned that Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) had been chosen to play the lead in the RoboCop remake. The film will be directed by Jose Padilha, the director of the sporadically entertaining Elite Squad.  MTV News spoke with Kinnaman while the actor was out promoting the second season of The Killing and he offered the usual “Oh my god, its so exciting, I love the original” sound bits actors appearing in remakes have to supply. One interesting quote caught my eye, however:


“It’s not going to be jaw action. They’re still working on the suit and how it’s going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through. You’re going to see his eyes.”


He’s referring to how this remake will handle the iconic RoboCop design, and I’ll admit this sounds like garbage. Kinnaman makes a big show of discussing how the film will be grounded in reality (which is basically code for “It’ll be like Dark Knight”) but the whole point of RoboCop is that it is completely removed from reality. Its satire. The real world should not be anywhere near this thing.


So with that, my expectations have been sufficiently lowered.


We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.



John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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