Joel Kinnaman to star in RoboCop

March 5th, 2012

Joel Kinnaman will play the title role in the 'RoboCop' remake.

The 'Safe House' actor has been confirmed to star in the Jose Padilha directed movie - which features police officer Alex Murphy who is brutally murdered and subsequently re-created as a super-human cyborg - taking over from Peter Weller who starred in the original 1987 film.

The news of relative newcomer Joel's casting will come as a surprise to fans after Jose previously revealed Michael Fassbender was his top choice for the main role and the 'Shame' actor had spoken of his interest in the project.

Jose said: ''I can't talk yet, it's too early to speak, but there are some actors I like. I really like the Fassbender, I'd like to talk to him - I'll talk to him. There's a possibility ....''

Michael added: ''You know, I'm always open. I'll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It's not definitely like, 'Oh, I've got to play RoboCop before I retire.' I don't have that about anything. I don't go, 'I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet.' I don't really think like that. ''I just wait and see what comes up, and I'm always open to it. If I react to the script, then I'm up for anything.

''It could be kind of fun [to wear the iconic outfit]. It could be kind of good to have a helmet that I could hide behind for most of the film too, that sounds kind of appealing.''

A total of three 'RoboCop' films were made between 1987 and 1993, with the first making $53.4 million at the box office, while the third made just $10.6 million.