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Ben Whishaw Tops Wishlist For Hacker Role In Steven Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse'

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 25, 2012 4:21 PM
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Either DreamWorks is full of leaks, or this is some kind of negotiating tactic, but it seems Steven Spielberg's wishlist for his upcoming, popcorn movie "Robopocalypse" has made its way to every trade around town. We already know that Chris Hemsworth is in negotiations and Anne Hathaway is being sought, and now you can add one more name to the pile of actors that the director is eager to cast in his movie.

Variety reports that Ben Whishaw is at the top of the list to play a hacker named Lurker (oy) in the film. But of course, no formal offer has been made yet. Based on the book by Daniel H. Wilson and adapted by Drew Goddard, the thriller is set in the near future, where robots are a part of everyday human life...until a sentient artificial intelligence underneath the ice in Alaska programs them to kill. Whishaw is already on the rise at the moment, with a memorable turn in the upcoming "Cloud Atlas" as well as a key gig as Q in "Skyfall." Adding Spielberg to his CV wouldn't be too bad.

Of course, how all this casting buzz eventually shakes out remains to be seen, and it's clear that with "Lincoln" nearing the finish line, Spielberg is eager to get moving on onto his next thing. "Robopocalypse" shoots next year and will hit theaters on April 25, 2014.

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  • Gaia | September 29, 2012 11:22 AMReply

    Whishaw is a classic trained actor (he went to RADA) and he played Richard II for the Culture Olympiad at BBC with nothing but praise.
    I am sure he is a better actor than 95% of his age.

  • M(R) | September 25, 2012 7:36 PMReply

    That's funny, I just finished reading the book and this is what I saw. He is far from the description of Lurker in the book (seeing as he's thin as a rail, and as I recall Lurker is a stereotypical, overweight hacker). That said, I don't care and I hope this happens. The book reads like a Spielberg film through and through, just with a slight bit more profanity and violence. (Though if Anne Hathaway is being sought after for the love interest, expect some calls of whitewashing/race-bending. She's African American in the book.)

  • hg | September 25, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    ben is a poor man's matthew goode

  • David | October 15, 2012 4:35 AM

    Matthew Goode never gave a legendary performance of Hamlet at the Old Vic at the age of 23. If you're comparing critical acclaim, Goode is on the losing end,. That's not a criticism of Goode. Nearly EVERY actor Whishaw's age doesn't compare to him.

  • Sean | September 26, 2012 12:16 AM

    uh yeah DEF WRONG MY FRIEND. It doesnt make sense. Its not like Matthew goode is being sought after for every film LOL. Ben Whishaw > 99% actors in the buisness today. His ability & insight is incredible. Its a sham how he isnt a mainstream household name. A true briliant British actor

  • Real | September 25, 2012 8:46 PM

    You've got it twisted. Whishaw is far more talented and versatile although I'm not sure why you are comparing them beyond the Brideshead connection as they tend to appear in very different roles.

  • Eliza | September 25, 2012 7:27 PM

    Wow, that's positively laughable. Goode is bland and mediocre at best.

  • d | September 25, 2012 5:36 PM

    It's the other way around...

  • Real | September 25, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    Fantastic news. He's a very talented actor so hopefully this will give him more exposure.

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