Edward Norton, Sean Penn & More Wanted For ‘RoboCop’ Reboot

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 24th, 2013 at 9:41 am,

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Elite Squad series helmer José Padilha and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman have already spent a lot of time propping up their RoboCop reboot as a worthwhile endeavor, highlighting everything from the eponymous character’s updated costume to the contemporary sci-fi issues and ethical dilemmas that are going to be addressed in the film. However, that hasn’t been enough to get the majority of hardcore cinephiles on their side… yet.

A fresh batch of casting rumors for the new RoboCop have surfaced, suggesting the people behind this flick (including, Children of Men co-producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman) are aiming for quality, rather than simply big name appeal. In case you didn’t pick up on that after critically-acclaimed folk like Padilha and Kinnaman were previously enlisted to direct and headline the movie, that is. Moving on…

The Tracking Board says that Oscar-nominee Edward Norton is currently circling the RoboCop reboot, with his eye on the role of… Norton, the “brilliant mastermind” responsible for turning brutally-murdered police officer Alex J Murphy (Kinnaman) into a deadly cyborg cop. Devoted RoboCop fans may recall that same character (as played by Miguel Ferrer) was named Morton in Paul Verhoeven’s original 1987 film.

Similarly decorated stars like Rebecca Hall and Gael García Bernal (ie. the new Zorro) are also said to be up for roles in RoboCop, as the two could, respectively, play Murphy’s wife and partner – who, in a melodramatic twist, start a relationship together, after Murphy is killed and resurrected as a half-machine. To top it off, Oscar-winner Sean Penn is apparently wanted to portray (get this) “a right-wing news reporter who sticks to his guns when it comes to his political views.”

When you judge solely by the collective acting resumes for Norton (Fight Club, American History X, 25th Hour), Hall (The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town) and Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel), it’s easy to recommend them for any role. Still, the idea of Penn playing a character who occupies the complete opposite end of the political spectrum as the outspoken actor does in real life – that’s especially attention-grabbing.

It’s certainly possible that none of the aforementioned people will actually end up appearing alongside Kinnaman in RoboCop. Still, the way this project continues to attract noteworthy acting talent - combined with Padilha’s obvious passion for re-telling this story – is enough to suggest this particular reboot won’t simply be the cash-grab, hack job that many moviegoers have already dismissed it as being.

RoboCop is scheduled to open in theaters around the U.S. on August 9th, 2013.


Source: The Tracking Board [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. Great news that RoboCop is coming back – way over-due – 1st movie was way ahead of its time & is still brilliant.

  2. I am so anxious to see what this turns out to be like. Hopefully they get the actors mentioned, that’d be cool.

  3. I’ll Buy That For A Dollar!!!

    • that takes me back!

  4. Great news.

    Edward Norton and Sean Penn are great actors and would be good additons to the RoboCop reboot.

    Just like Thor (2011), a unknown actor being back up by a famous supporting cast in a movie.

    I really hope RoboCop turns out to be a great remake.

  5. Rebecca Hall seems like a perfect choice. Norton good.

    Sean Penn portraying a right-wing news reporter
    might mean said reporter is portrayed negatively.
    Which one would imagine would appeal to Penn.

    • Penn is quickly becoming a second or third tier actor, rather than a star anymore. I respect him for his charitable work, but not for his big mouth. Can’t see him in this film. Doesn’t seem like something he would do.

  6. Great casting choices…….. This may be Pen’s hardest role to date andwill probably be Oscar worthy :-D

  7. I am very excited for this. A week ago, I had no idea who Joel Kinnaman was, but after watching “The Killing” this past week, I gotta say that I am extremely impressed by his acting ability. Add the actors that they are trying to get on board and this could be a very good remake.

  8. Wonder how long till we see Robocop’s new design. As for Sean Penn could be playin a right-wing character in the film ain’t unusual. Theres been multiple films where Leftists played right-wing characters or people. Like Ed Harris,Woody Harrelson,& Juianne Moore in Game Change. Not to get into politics or anything.

  9. Well this is stating to sound better. I originally had ZERO hope for this film but if they can somehow manage to get great actors involved it could just turn out to work.

    I REALLY hope and pray it does.

  10. this better be good !

  11. I was pretty excited about this, especially after seeing Ed Norton’s image over it…..

    ….. until I saw Sean Penn’s name attached to it.


    Everytime that guy opens his trap leftwing garbage rolls out. I don’t think he’s even aware of it anymore.
    I’m so disappointed…

  12. I like Edward Norton in Robcop reboot movie a he’s playing a good role in the film coming in 2013.