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Ok, at this point the cast for Jose Padilha's 'Robocop' remake is so good that it has to be a practical joke. However, as it's not April, we'll just keep reporting on it. Currently, the upcoming revamp of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 cult classic stars Joel Kinnaman ('The Killing'), Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley. Now you can add Michael Kenneth Williams ('The Wire,' 'Boardwalk Empire') to that ever-expanding roster. Williams is currently in negotiations to play a police officer who was Alex Murphy's partner before his violent "death," and who is still close with the Murphy family. Williams is currently shooting 'Twelve Years a Slave' alongside Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Chiwetel Ejiofor ('Serenity'). 'Robocop' is looking to start production next month in Toronto.
This is yet another great piece of casting for this remake. 'The Wire' is an amazing series and no small part of that is thanks to Williams. The guy is also phenomenal on 'Boardwalk Empire,' and had me laughing hysterically as the disproportionately intense science teacher on 'Community.' I'm actually really impressed with the amount of television talent this remake has wrangled. Joel Kinnaman, Hugh Laurie, and now Michael Kenneth Williams all made their biggest career impact on TV and proved that the medium could easily compete with film in terms of compelling stories and dramatic performances. I wonder what the over/under is on Bryan Cranston turning up in this. Not only is 'Breaking Bad' heralded as one of the greatest shows on TV, but he already appeared in the other Paul Verhoeven remake, 'Total Recall.' In fact, Cohaagen and 'Robocop's Dick Jones were originally played by the same actor, Ronny Cox. Come on, Cranston!
What do you guys think? Are you excited Williams is being brought on board? Are you impressed with this cast? Does it elevate your optimism for the 'Robocop' remake?