Gary Oldman Joins ‘Robocop’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

Gary Oldman Robocop Remake 2013 Gary Oldman Joins Robocop Remake

For Gary Oldman, the past decade has been perhaps the most important of his career. Not only did he nab an Oscar nomination for his role in last year’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but supporting roles in several Harry Potter installments, as well as the Christopher Nolan Batman films (including the upcoming finale, The Dark Knight Rises), have made him one of the highest-grossing actors in history.

 Oldman looks poised to continue his recent string of successes after the announcement that he will co-star in the 2013 remake of the sci-fi classic, Robocop.

According to THR, MGM’s upcoming Robocop reboot will feature Oldman in one of the film’s more nuanced roles. As the scientist Norton, he must grapple with the ethical implications of his titular creation. Details are few and far between, but at this point, Norton’s moral alignment seems ambiguous, suggesting he won’t fit neatly into the mold of a hero OR villain. It’s also unclear how closely this remake will follow the plot of the original Robocop film.

  If this new version is faithful, there’s a good chance that Oldman’s character will have ties to the shady mega-corporation “Omni Consumer Products (OCP),” or some similar entity. In any case, Oldman is amply qualified, and stands poised to deliver another scene-stealing performance (and perhaps chew some scenery while he’s at it), provided the script is worthy of his talent.

Jose Padilha, a Brazilian director best-known for the action/crime thrillers The Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, is set to direct Robocop. Though not particularly well-known in the States, his films have been hugely successful in his home country, so he must know a thing or two about action. Joel Kinnaman seems an exceedingly odd choice to play the new Robocop, despite displaying considerable talent on the AMC crime drama The Killing. It’s probably best to reserve judgment until we catch a glimpse of him in full cyborg form.

Oldman cultivated a reputation as a formidable character actor with memorable performances in films such as Sid And Nancy, The Fifth Element, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. His frequent portrayals of eccentric villains (including Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK) – often critically lauded - established him as a top-tier movie antagonist within Hollywood. Unfortunately, this began to limit the number of roles offered to him. Typecast as a “bad guy,” Oldman found himself stuck in a career rut during the early 2000s, until he returned to mainstream cinema with a vengeance, thanks largely to important supporting roles such as Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and James Gordon in Batman Begins (2005). Both characters afforded Oldman the opportunity to play good guys, for a change, and showcase his impressive range as an actor.

Robocop is tentatively scheduled for release in summer 2013.

Source: THR

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  1. COME OOOOOON. I thought Gary Oldman was done with crap like this. But hey, he’s a great actor and hopefully this film does justice to the classic.

  2. so Ed Norton won’t play… Norton…

  3. I am very unhappy with this. Gary Oldman is one of the finest dramatic actors of our generation, and it has pained me to see him wasting his talent in shallow popcorn flicks like Harry Potter.

    I was delighted to see him get back to dramatic form with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Now he reverses course to star in this Robocop nonsense?

    I don’t like to see him tarnish his legacy like this.

    • Harry Potter is far from shallow dude. Wtf.

  4. Seems I’m not the only one disappointed Oldman accepted a role in this unnecessary remake. Guess money is more important than ones reputation?

  5. Gary Oldman is a amazing actor.

    The cast for this movie keeps on getting better and better just like
    Thor (2011.

    I hope this remake turns out to be a great remake and does the original movie some justice.

    • This is one of the things I do not understand about film fans. They bash the choices of actors before they even see the product.

      I am a big fan of Gary Oldman. He’s been a fan of mine since I saw him in Leon (‘The Professional’ in the states). The man has a gift for dramatic character acting and delivers even when the film sucks. I have faith that he will do this film justice and make this remake worthy of creation. Something I think Robocop could stand.

      The original film is a cult classic and one of my favorites, but I have always been curious what a re-imagining or remake could do, if handled correctly. The original had some brutal violence that made the film almost grindhouse like and helped it grab a following that remain today, but not all the elements were handled (in my opinion) with the true potential of this kind of material.

      That being said to all the fans who seem to bash this as nothing more than a popcorn flick before we even see any footage, give it a chance. We have Oldman attached and possible Edward Norton. This obviously should be pretty decent if handled well

      • We are bashing it because many of us don’t think a lot of these remakes should be made. For every remake that is handled well, I can easily name three that weren’t, so the odds are stacked against them.

        It also has little to do with the actors involved and more to do with the script and directing. A great actor can do only so much with the material they are given.

  6. Totally agree, while it’s great that Oldman is attached and makes me interested for the first time, I still worry that the classic I’ve grown up with will somehow feel “violated” by a modern writer/director taking it apart and turning it into something far removed from the source material it’s remaking.

    Lets not forget, the original is a perfect piece of 80s satire on the closing of industrial giants and having huge empty factories standing in wastelands while technology is constantly improved to the point that those huge steelworks and car manufacturing plants are relics gathering rust and dust.

    That’s why I don’t think the Wall Street sequel worked that well, because the original was such an 80s statement on greed.

    Plus the original was also a sort of re-telling of the Jesus story (man dies, is resurrected etc, all the symbolism is there).

    Besides, I personally think Clarence Boddicker is the greatest movie villain of all time and you can hire the greatest actor in the world to play a modern counterpart, fact is you’ll never replace the original.

    • I have to agree, I think Boddicker is very talented and has proven to be extremely versatile. Going from a stuffy and straight laced father in “Dead Poets Society”, to the bad guy in Robocop and then to comedy in, “That 70′s show”.

  7. Not “one of the highest”, but THE highest grossing actor in film history. The number in fact is SO high that it is not possible for it to be passed in our lifetime. Amazing.

  8. I don’t know how I feel about them trying to remake or do a reboot on Robocop. This is a movie I grew up on and damn, how I love it so much! I don’t know if I can handle anything but the original person as robocop or the movie itself :(