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Michael Keaton Replaces Hugh Laurie as 'RoboCop' Remake Villain

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August 29, 2012

OmniCorp / Michael Keaton

Though Hugh Laurie was once slated to play the cold, sarcastic CEO of Omni Corp - the company responsible for creating the cyborg cop after Detroit police officer Alex Murphy (played by "The Killing" star Joel Kinnaman) is killed in action but resurrected as RoboCop - he's since dropped from the production. Perhaps it has something to do with the hellish production that director Jose Padilha talked about. Thankfully, a solid replacement has been found as Deadline reports Michael Keaton, fresh off turns in Toy Story 3 and The Other Guys will play villain Raymond Sellars. That's enough to pique my interest again.

I was hoping that after a couple great turns in 2010, Keaton would be on the verge of a big comeback, returning to the glory he once held in the 80's and 90's but he hasn't had too many other roles. But this character is yet another that could get him back on top, and that's something I'd really like to see. After roles like Beetlejuice, Mr. Mom, Gung Ho, The Paper, Jackie Brown and of course Tim Burton's Batman films, having Keaton take on a role of this caliber will be awesome.

Likely in an effort to do damage control on the negative picture painted recently Padilha said, "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. 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.” Let's hope this puzzle doesn't suck.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Philip-Cinquegrano/100000932639147 Christopher Philip Cinquegrano
    Fuckin awesome!
  • Nick
    OMFG!
  • grimjob
    Dear god. Now, I've been bitching about this movie since I heard about it, and had no intention of seeing it. Then they have to throw Keaton at me. I don't believe I've seen him in a villainous role, or if he's ever done one. He will be such a cold sonofabitch in this, they just won my overpriced ticket.
    • BinaryChaos
      He has played a couple villainous roles like in Desperate Measures and most notably BeetleJuice. Anytime he plays a villain his quirkiness comes out.
      • grimjob
        Yeah, shit, I don't even see Beetlejuice as a villain, but clearly he is. More of an asshole really. Never saw Desperate Measures, forgot about that one, I'll definitely have to check it out.
        • wylles
          I think the asshole attitude could very well fit with the villain he is supposed to be in Robocop, cause the original CEO of Omnicorp, was like that, an asshole ;)
          • grimjob
            That's true, Dick Jones certainly lived up to his name.
    • syntaxterror
      you need to watch him in Pacific Heights, my friend
      • http://www.facebook.com/mcrorey Michael McRorey
        Yes, Pacific Heights was an incredible movie that really showed his dark side. Most notably the golf club to the sleeping person incident.
      • grimjob
        Will do, thank you.
        • TheRagingCajun
          you need to watch him in Batman......................
          • grimjob
            C'mon man, of course I've seen that. I own it.
          • TheRagingCajun
            Dude: that's kind of the point......it was a joke! Who HASN'T seen or DOESN'T own the original Bats? Let's blame this mishap of yours on fatigue ;)
          • grimjob
            Yes. Fatigue. I'm quite tired actually, from wrestling a bear that had the energy of two bears.
    • inappropriate_response
      also check him out in "the merry gentlemen" it was his first time directing. I don't want to overhype it for you, but a great all round movie - if you like slow paced performance pieces.
      • grimjob
        Never heard of this one, I definitely will. And as long as the performances are engrossing, pace is never an issue.
  • Bobo_Vision
    Sweet!
  • DAVIDPD
    I am okay with this.
  • mooreworthy
    Bath, body and omnicorp....nice
  • Razor
    So, we've got Jim Gordon, Nick Fury, Rorschach and now Batman. Cool team.
  • LosZombies
    SCOOOOOOORE!!
  • TheRagingCajun
    Man, that is some sweet-ass news! What a casting jackpot! He will most definately kick ass. I'm in!!!!!
  • rennmaxbeta
    Keaton is good, but this movie is DOA.

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