Russell Crowe Being Considered For ‘RoboCop’ Reboot [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 3rd, 2012 at 8:43 am,

russell crowe robocop reboot Russell Crowe Being Considered For RoboCop Reboot [Updated]

There’s been a whole lot in the way of Russell Crowe news reporting (Croweing?) of late. First, the actor was reported as being attached to Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale adaptation, then word got out that Darren Aronofsky wants him to headline Noah – and now, the news is in that the Oscar-winner could also be a serious contender to star in Elite Squad director José Padilha’s RoboCop franchise reboot.

Crowe’s plate for 2012 was already pretty full before these other stories started circulating, seeing how he’ll soon set to work on The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper’s big-screen treatment of the Les Misérables musical – and now, it seems that Winter’s Tale could begin production as early as September 2012.

Shortly after the report concerning Crowe being eyed for Noah broke, Variety‘s Jeff Sneider tweeted the following (which he later assured is not a joke):

Sure, Russell Crowe, MIGHT star in Aronofsky’s NOAH… but do you know what else he MIGHT star in? Three words: Ro. Bo. Cop.

[UPDATE: Crowe has shot down the rumor that he is “involved” with the RoboCop reboot (via Twitter)]

Michael Fassbender’s name has been most commonly linked to the RoboCop reboot up to now, due to both Padilha’s own comments about the X-Men: First Class star – and the actor’s own admission that he’s open to the idea of portraying the lethal cyborg, so long as the script is up to scratch. However, Fassbender doesn’t look to be available to star in the film, which MGM wants to begin production on this summer.

Similarly, Fassbender was previously said to be a contender to headline Noah, before Crowe’s name entered the (official) conversation. Seeing how both Aronofsky’s Biblical epic and Padhila’s sci-fi series revamping are tentatively slated to start shooting around the same time, Crowe should only be available to work on one or the other – unless he ends up passing on both films, that is.

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So, for discussion’s sake, let’s say that there’s a very good chance that Crowe will ultimately sign on for either Noah or the new RoboCop. Which project sounds like the better fit for the actor?

Aronofsky’s film would see Crowe tackle a more layered and nuanced iteration of an iconic religious figure than that which is customarily featured in most retellings of the Noah’s Ark story. RoboCop, by comparison, would require subtle-to-little emotional expression on the actor’s part (thanks to the title character’s trademark visor obscuring most of his face) but would also be more of an outright physically-demanding role.

Padilha has previously mentioned that his version of the RoboCop reboot will focus more on how protagonist Alex Murphy is affected by the transformative process that results in his being a half-man, half-machine – and the subsequent existential crisis he suffers, due to his condition. So, in that sense, the lead role will likely require whoever takes it on to flex their acting muscles more than original RoboCop actor Peter Weller had to (no disrespect).

That’s all to say: it’s possible that both Noah and RoboCop could take full advantage of Crowe’s excellent acting chops. For our money, though, we’ll be rooting for the 47-year-old Aussie to sign up for Aronofsky’s project, since that’s the one he (arguably) is the better fit for.


We will continue to keep you updated on both Noah and RoboCop as more information is released.

Source: Variety

TAGS: Noah, Robocop
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  1. I think Russel Crowe would do great on both only if he could do both.

  2. I’m having a hard time picturing Crowe for this. Could be an inspired choice, obviously if the script rises to the occasion.

  3. I can picture him as Noah….but i can’t picture him as robocop

    • Same here.

  4. the guys has got great lips. robocop for sure.

    he also has got the whole unshaven crazy animal look down.

    he would be good for either role!

  5. Ideally I would like to see Russell get RoboCop too.
    I suppose that may be impossible but never say never.
    If Russell is interested perhaps they would wait for him.

    On RoboCop because of the visor obscuring the face
    the use of the actor’s voice will be all the more
    important and Russelll has the finest voice
    in film today and the best since Burton.

    • I think James Earl Jones still has the best voice in Hollywood.

      • Liam neeson and morgan freeman hands down

  6. “thanks to the title character’s trademark visor obscuring most of his face”

    Does that seem anachronistic to anybody else or required given the effects we’ve seen in the last 5 years? Even if they want to distinguish themselves from ‘Ghost in The Shell’ think of the robots in ‘West World’ or Rintaro/Tezuka’s 2002 ‘Metropolis’, there are other ways to fashion a machine. In fact it could make for a far more stunning story to go the other way depending on how the effects are integrated…

  7. Russell Crowe!?! For ROBOCOP!!!! NOOOOO!!!!! i think (if they can get him) Michael Fassbender would be much more suitable playing robocop/akex murphy

  8. Who the heck do they have behind the wheel of this operation. Why on earth would they consider Russel Crowe to play Robocop??!! He doesn’t look the part, even if he wasn’t as old as he is (and his age is a big deal). Cast someone like Michael Fassbender!

  9. I’ll star as Robcop, I’m about the right age and height lol

  10. Any one know if they cast doubles? Im russell crowe look a like and would love the chance. im on twitter @russellclone.

  11. Im in the UK tho ;)

  12. He was just in the series premiere of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, the Newfoundland Canada detective tv show. If he’ll do Canadian tv, why not Robocop?

    • Doesnt he live in canada? My mate said he see him in a bar Toronto

  13. crowe is talented but this is a stretch for me. unless of course, robocop kicks in the door to a cime lord’s hideout, takess out all of his henchman, looks over to any witnesses and yells “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!?!”. but that probably won’t happen

  14. Fassbender seems to me a better choice, I can’t picture that chubby Crowe face under the steel helmet or looking in any way intimidating.

  15. Please no. Crowe just doesn’t match the role. Not that he can’t act the part, only that he is not the type of actor I see working extensively in a full robot costume. I just can’t picture it in my mind without cringing. It’s just not his forte imho.

    Fassbender conversely DOES match up much better.

    • They both would be a great choice and remember Crowe won’t have that cabin in the woods grizzly beard to stare at if he got the part.

  16. I’d buy that for a dollar

  17. Crowe tweeted a simple and clear “no” when asked if he were up for Robocop. However, he admitted he was eyeballing Noah.

    Crowe and Akiva Goldsmen have had meetings about Winter’s Tale.

    The rumor mill ignores that all three mentioned films were supposedly to start filming this coming fall. Even the amazing Crowe can’t fly between 3 film sets at the same time.

    • I updated the article with Crowe’s Tweet.

  18. This certainly looked real and legitimate. This was not your ordinary “rumor”.
    A Google search for “Russell Crowe Robocop” yields 2,430,000 results.
    You were right to write about this Sandy and what was not said
    by Crowe may be as revealing as what he did ultimate say.
    Russell may have had talks which lead to nowhere.

  19. A role like this seems to lack the weightiness or substance of roles he often portrays (with the exception of Virtuosity and Mystery, Alaska).