Everyone loves a good rehab, especially when it’s a cyborg rehabilitation. Therefore, Gary Oldman has joined the cast of Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop as Norton, the scientist responsible for RoboCop’s construction and reconstruction as well.
Padilha explained his timeline for the reboot in an interview late last year :
And I can tell you this: In the first ‘RoboCop’ when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?
The idea definitely has potential and a terrific actor like Oldman promises a bigger role of this character. However, Norton will have to deal with the morality of saving Murphy’s life and the demands of the company that he works for.
The film, which currently stars Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy/RoboCop, begins shortly in Toronto and is due for release on August 9th, 2013.
Recently nominated for an Academy Award (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) Oldman can be next seen this summer in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.