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Dead or alive - you're coming with me!

After becoming a box-office success in 1987, and spawning multiple sequels, comic books, video games, a cartoon, a TV show, and a park in Detroit – RoboCop is returning to the silver screen, and he’s not alone. José Padilha‘s upcoming reboot of the franchise has been making news pretty much weekly for the last few months as they assemble a cast full of big names and genre favorites to share the screen with the iconic Tin Cop. The film also made news recently when word leaked that Padilha compared the process to ‘Hell’ and when HitFix writer Drew McWeeny released a series of tweets ripping the script he had read. Something about RoboCop being a transformer

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In the style of Darth Vader: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Trouble on the set and negative reviews of the script don’t sound like good news, and at least some of that seems to have been caused by the exit of Hugh Laurie, who decided last week to drop out the movie, and was rumored to have been replaced Clive Owen. Those reports however now seem to have been premature as it’s being reported that the role Raymond Sellars, the villain of the movie, will now belong to none other than Michael Keaton.

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Keaton is said to be the final addition to a cast that already includes Joel Kinnaman in the title role’, as well as Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jay Baruchel, and Abbie Cornish.

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That’s a damn fine cast and Keaton is a damn fine addition. He’ll be taking on the role played by Ronny Cox in the original film, and anyone who has ever seen Pacific Heights knows that he should have no problem playing the reserved psycho villain type. Movies ranging from Mr. Mom to Clean and Sober to Batman  exposed Keaton’s versatility in the 1980s, and he proved to be one of the most liked actors of the time. In recent years however he’d been mostly absent from mainstream film, and I for one will be glad to see him back on-screen.

The RoboCop reboot is scheduled for release on August 9th of 2013, presumably taking the spot of The August Remake Release held each of the last 2 years by Colin Farrell with Fright Night and Total Recall assuming Farrell doesn’t announce that he’s about to star in a remake of Sixteen Candles or something…

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