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It was quite disappointing to learn that Hugh Laurie ('House') had departed Jose Padilha's 'Robocop' remake earlier this week. Laurie was set to play the villain of the movie, as the head of the less-than-upstanding Omni Corp. Obviously, this is an extremely important role, one in fact vital to the success of this remake. The urgency of recasting the villain was not lost on the studio. Michael Keaton ('Beetlejuice') has been signed to take over the part. Director Padilha had this to say on the casting...
"Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film, and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place,"
Of all the people with whom they could have replaced Hugh Laurie, I'm so glad they chose Michael Keaton. Not only is Keaton a great actor with tremendous screen presence, but he also has the advantage of being an 80s fixture. His various comedies, and of course 'Batman,' make him as indelible to the era as, well, Robocop himself. He's got great comedic timing, which may seem like an odd requirement for a villain, but given the tongue-in-cheek satirical tone of the original film, it should come in handy. That's not to say he's just a funnyman, Keaton can also pull off menacing when called upon. He should be able to strike the perfect balance needed to portray a confident, slimy corporate puppet master. I can't wait to see what he does with this role, and I'm glad that the casting is finally done.
What do you guys think? Is Keaton the right choice? Does the strength of the cast assuage any doubts you may have about this remake?