‘The Killing’ Star Joel Kinnaman is the New Robocop

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Ever since news of a Robocop reboot was announced, we here at Screen Rant have maintained that popular opinion of the film would ultimately hinge on the lead actor who was selected to play the role of future cop Alex Murphy, who is transformed into the cyborg lawman known as Robocop. Today we have a word on who that actor might be – and its not previously rumored stars like Russell Crowe or Michael Fassbender.

Deadline has the exclusive that Joel Kinnaman – the actor best known for his role as detective Stephen Holder on AMC’s hit series The Killing - has been made an offer by MGM to become the new Robocop.

If he accepts the offer, Kinnaman will be in for constant comparison to the original Robocop, portrayed onscreen by actor Peter Weller (who will next be seen in Star Trek 2). Weller’s Robocop role not only made a geek icon out of the actor – it propelled the character of Robocop into the cultural zeitgeist, where it still exists today thanks to movie sequels, animated shows, video games, a handful of well-renowned comic book series, and other such merchandising. That’s all to say: Kinnaman will have some big shoes to fill.

The actor has been in a standout in the recent projects he’s starred in, including The Killing, the sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour, the American Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the recent Denzel Washington / Ryan Reynolds spy thriller, Safe House, in which Kinnaman has a scene-stealing cameo. The Swedish actor definitely has the chops to play Murphy/Robocop – and physicality shouldn’t be much of an issue, if the new Robocop design is anything like its bulky, armored predecessor. Any man can look buff and menacing when attached to the right cyborg body.

The Robocop reboot is being helmed by Brazilian director José Padilha (pictured above), famous for the action-packed Elite Squad movies - the first of which is currently Brazil’s highest-grossing film of all time. Padilha has already discussed some modern story ideas and themes of the new Robocop, which is being scripted by Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk.

The original Robocop (directed by Paul Verheoven) was a scathing social satire touching on everything from government and corporate corruption, economic inequality in America, commercialism and more. A lot of those themes are still relevant today, and the advances (and probable advances) in technology offer a lot potentially great and fun ways for the filmmakers to explore them.

I say all that to say: approached correctly, Robocop could potentially be a worthy and worthwhile reboot.

Source: Deadline

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  1. He was in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for like one scene and he had one line of meaningless dialogue…

    I like him in The Killing though.

  2. Joel Kinnaman is an inspired choice for RoboCop.
    Joel is Swedish but his father is American and
    he has been bi-lingual from birth and did
    not have to learn English later on.

    Alex Murphy is a tragic figure and
    this casting indicates the film will be
    exploring that tragedy and Joel would
    be perfect in conveying the heart of the
    man that once was and is under the armor.

  3. As to GWDT, his character is more in movies 2 and 3, he just made an appearance in 1 to introduce the character (but it is still not a big role, though).

    The best place to see him in action is as the lead in the Swedish “Snabba Cash” movie trilogy. The first movie was a big hit in Europe, and the trailer for the second, coming out this summer, looks great and is easily found on the web right now. The first movie is scheduled for release in the USA this summer, and the first of the three Snabba Cash books is coming out in its English translation in April. (shades of GWDT).

    Plus, The Killing.

    He’s good.

    • Thanks for the heads up on Snabba Cash, Katherine.
      I checked and it will open here in New York
      July 27 with the title Easy Money.

  4. Droppppppppp ittttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I want Michael Fassbender.

  6. Is Robocop’s body gonna be different from what we seen in the earlier films? Can’t imagine who’d they get to fill Kurtwood Smith’s shoes as the villain because he was one of the cruelest bad guys i ever seen on film.

    • think iron man practical suit with cgi i say thats the way to go…

    • Agreed. Although the original Robocop was a cool film, KS’s villain was one of the best aspects of that movie for me.

  7. I haven’t watched Joel Kinnaman in any movie or TV series but if Kinnaman accepts the role then I hope he does a great job in a iconic role like Robocop.

    I think Michael Fassbender would had been great as Robcop, he did a amazing job as Magneto and made X-Men: First Class watchable.

    At least Russell Crowe or Shia LeBeouf wouldn’t picked up to play Robocop.

  8. Maybe I’m unfairly type casting him because all I’ve seen him play in is The Killing, but I’m not convinced he will do the role justice.

    Better yet they really should just let this project die. Stop doing remakes and reboots and MOVE ON Hollywood.

  9. I don’t remember him in Dragon Tattoo at all, but it seem like he’s got a decent number of quality roles under his belt. I feel like people are missing the most important thing here: does he have the right voice? He’s gotta have that booming baritone that Peter Weller did or it won’t really work.

  10. Lookin back & seeing the poster, you’d wouldn’t think the film would be as violent as The Terminator. That’s what i liked about the first film. It was too bad the studio was pushing for a sequel so quickly by Verhoven. They should of gave him the time he needed to come up with a good script instead of rushing him to make one. Not that i didn’t enjoyed Robocop 2 because i did but it didn’t live up to the tone of the original. 3rd film dragged down further despite some things i liked in it. Filmakers should of learned to take franchise from being R rated & taking it down to PG-13. Like Die Hard & Terminator franchises. Not to mention live-action tv series.