Samuel L. Jackson Joins Jose Padilha's Remake of 'RoboCop' at MGM
So it sounds like RoboCop is going to be recruited for The Avengers. Okay, that might be a bit of a ridiculous presumption, but Heat Vision does have word that Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, has just landed a role in MGM's remake of Paul Verhoeven's original 1987 sci-fi film with director Jose Padilha at the helm this time. The lead role has already been filled by Joel Kinnaman (of AMC's drama series "The Killing"), playing a police officer named Alex Murphy who is brought back from the brink of death and turned into a cyborg police officer by a scientist played by Gary Oldman. So what role will Jackson take?
Jackson is playing a role that just might have been written with him in mind: Pat Novak, a charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the world in which RoboCop is set. We're still not sure just how much the remake will depart from the original story, but Oldman's character is one that wasn't even in the original film, so I anticipate this being a drastic overhaul of the familiar film. It's going to be a good year for Jackson as The Avengers is already kicking ass at the box office, and he'll be seen in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained at the end of the year. More casting is likely on the way so stay tuned.