First pics of the new Robocop suit and Michael Keaton replaces Hugh Laurie!

Here are pictures from the set of Jose Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s cult classic Robocop. What you’re seeing is the finalized suit for the new cybernetic cop.

Also, Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice) has been called in to replace Hugh Laurie (House) as the reboot’s villian. Keaton would be playing Raymond Sellars, the CEO of Omnicorp, the corporation that builds Robocop. The role was thought to go to Clive Owen after Laurie passed on the idea. In an interview, Padilha has said, “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.” There have been a few problems early on but they have been ironed out. Padilha handed his script to HitFix’s Drew McWheeny and gave it a rather scathing review. After this, talks with Hugh Laurie to play the film’s villain broke down, hence Keaton being cast to fill the role. Jose Padilha hasn’t exactly had an easy time getting his vision across. He apparently had to fight for every idea he had, and most of what he wants was being turned down by the studio. Thankfully the issue is resolved. I’m hoping this reboot to turn out to be a exceptional movie. We just have to keep our fingers crossed until next year.

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