Gary Oldman Lands Scientist Role in MGM's Remake of 'RoboCop'
It's hard to believe that it was nearly 30 years that Gary Oldman had been acting on the big screen before he received a long overdue Oscar nomination for his turn in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Thankfully, he was given that honor last year, and hopefully there's more to come before his career ends, but until the next Academy Award worthy role comes along, Oldman will still have fun with some supporting roles in genre films. He's already set to play the villain in Motor City, and now Heat Vision says Oldman has landed a pivotal supporting role in MGM's remake of RoboCop starring Joel Kinnaman as the robotic police officer.
The Fifth Element star will play Norton, the scientist who creates RoboCop and finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation. Part of me wonders just how much of the film will be about police officer Alex Murphy's struggle to find himself as a resurrected cyborg police officer, and how much of the film will be silly action. If there's one director who can blend the two well, it's Elite Squad franchise director Jose Padilha. Filming is looking to take place in Toronto sometime this year with an eye for a release date in 2013. Stay tuned for more info!