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TOLDJA! MGM Sets Joel Kinnaman For ‘Robocop’

By | Saturday March 3, 2012 @ 8:14am PST
Mike Fleming

‘The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman Gets ‘Robocop’ Offer

EXCLUSIVE: MGM has closed its deal with Joel Kinnaman to play the title role in Robocop, the remake that is being directed by Jose Padilha, helmer of two action packed Elite Squad films.  Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing. Josh Zetumer wrote the script.

Deadline revealed that the offer had gone to Kinnaman to take the role originated by Peter Weller in the 1987 Paul Verhoeven original. Kinnaman most recently turned in a memorable performance in the Daniel Espinosa-directed Safe House opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. He burst on the scene in the AMC series The Killing and prior to that he starred in the Espinosa-directed Snabba Cash. Hollywood is desperately trying to find male stars that studios can build movies around. Kinnaman, who’s repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment’s Shelley Browning, has his ticket to the big game.

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‘The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman Gets ‘Robocop’ Offer

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 11:14am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that MGM is making an offer to Joel Kinnaman to play the title role in its Robocop remake. The film’s being directed by Jose Padilha, helmer of two action packed installments of Elite Squad. Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing. Josh Zetumer wrote the script.

Kinnaman, who’d take the role originated by Peter Weller in the 1987 Paul Verhoeven original, most recently turned in a memorable performance in Safe House opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. He burst on the scene in the AMC series The Killing. Before that he starred in Snabba Cash, which was directed by Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa. Kinnaman, who’s repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment’s Shelley Browning, becomes the second high profile casting move made by MGM this week. The studio is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to play Hercules.

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Original ‘Robocop’ Peter Weller Adds To Sci-Fi Resume With ‘Star Trek’ Sequel

Mike Fleming

Peter Weller’s reps confirm he’s joining the cast of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, in what is a principal role but one they would not specify. Weller, best known in feature sci-fi circles for his iconic role as Robocop, has been busy as a director, and for acting stints on 24, Dexter, Fringe and Psych. Paramount will release the Star Trek sequel May 17, 2013. Alice Eve and Benicio Del Toro are likely to take part, joining the returning original cast that is headed by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Who should Weller play? Paramount and Abrams spent the weekend knocking down a speculative report Del Toro would play the Kahn role that Ricardo Montalban played in the original Star Trek series and the 1982 feature film. Weller’s repped by APA and BMP.

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