Director Jose Padilha’s reboot of RoboCop will begin filming next month in Toronto and we have news on who has been cast as Detroit’s Police Chief. It had been previously revealed that Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Jay Baruchel have signed on, with Kinnaman playing Alex Murphy/RoboCop and Hugh Laurie playing the villain.
The latest casting update comes from Variety, who reports that Marianne Jean-Baptiste (pictured below) will play the role of Detroit Police Chief Karen Dean. Jean-Baptiste has appeared in The Cell and a number of TV shows, including Sons of Anarchy and Without a Trace.
A US release date for RoboCop has been set for August 9th, 2013 and here is the official synopsis:
“In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer. The film is currently in pre-production and slated for a summer 2013 release.”