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Michael Keaton Joins Kinnaman, Jackson, Oldman, Cornish & Williams for Padilha's 'RoboCop' Remake

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 30, 2012 at 9:12AM

Michael Keaton joins MGM and Columbia's "RoboCop" remake. The actor will play Raymond Sellars...
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UPDATE: Michael Keaton joins MGM and Columbia's "RoboCop" remake.  The actor will play Raymond Sellars.

"Boardwalk Empire" and "The Wire" favorite, Michael Kenneth Williams, was also recently tapped to join the project. So far rising star Joel Kinnaman (of AMC's tragically cancelled "The Killing") is set to play the cyborg cop first incarnated by Peter Weller in Paul Verhoeven's 1987 sci-fi action classic. The new film also boasts Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley.

Keaton is "Robocop"'s final casting addition. Director Jose Padilha "Elite Squad") states;

“It is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place. It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We’ve got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209’s and I can’t wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets.”

The film will shoot in Toronto this September and is slated for an August 9, 2013 release.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.