Published On: Fri, Jul 13th, 2012

Joel Kinnaman says new ‘RoboCop’ more like ‘Dark Knight’ than original film

The reboot of the “RoboCop” is set for next summer, but unlike other remakes, the film will feature some of Hollywood’s biggest names, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Hugh Laurie of “House” fame. Leading the cast is “The Killing ” star Joel Kinnaman who will play Peter Murphy and his cyborg counterpart.


While promoting a crime thriller called “Easy Money,” Kinnaman talked with Next Movie and the Swedish actor confesses that the “RoboCop” fast tracks his career.

“Yeah, that’s like a shortcut, because the actual franchise is so big, so they can afford to have somebody that’s not a big name for that. So that should settle that.”

Director Jose Padilha attempts to jumpstart the 80’s franchise with a modern feel. Kinnaman was challenged to define the tone comparing the campy Paul Verhoeven original to the dark, gritty “Dark Knight,” by Christopher Nolan.

“I think it’s going to be the latter. Verhoeven has a very special tone, but Jose Padilha is a very accomplished director that has a very specific voice and this is going to carry his voice. There’s an element of political satire in this, but the tone is not going to be Verhoeven’s film.”

The “Safe House” actor added that robotics today are so much more advance than 1986, when the first film was released.

“The biggest difference, I think, is where robotics is today. It’s in a very different place than it was in 1986 when they were developing “RoboCop.” We’ve come so far already, so our vision of where robotics is in the future is very much more advanced, and that’s going to be a very big difference.”

Oldman plays the scientific genius who constructs the RoboCop cyborg and Sam Jack will play a media mogul. Laurie is rumored to be an unidentified villain Abbie Cornish (“Limitless” and “Sucker Punch”) has signed on to play Peter Murphy’s wife.

There is no word if Peter Weller, the original “RoboCop” actor, will make a cameo in the film, but Kinnaman says he welcomes it.

“That would be awesome though. I hope so,” the actor said.

“RoboCop” comes to theaters August 9, 2013.

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