Writer/Director José Padilha Likes Michael Fassbender for ROBOCOP

     September 23, 2011


Brazilian writer/director José Padilha (Elite Squad) signed on to direct the RoboCop remake last March.  At the time, Padilha said there is no deadline for the script he’s co-writing with Joshua Zetumer: “When the screenplay turns out good enough, then we will start shooting.”  Padilha and Zetumer turned in a new draft this week—as it gets closer to “good enough,” it’s time to start thinking about casting.  Padilha floated one name for the cop-turned-cyborg in a recent interview with Globo (translated by our partners at Omelete):

“I can’t say anything yet.  It’s too early.  But there are some actors I am considering.  I like [Michael] Fassbender a lot.  I’m going to meet him—it’s a possibility.  There are great actors who could play RoboCop.”

I’d love to see Fassbender in the role.  With X-Men: First Class this summer and Prometheus next June, Fassbender has shown a penchant for the sci-fi blockbuster.  (In between indie dramas about sex addicts and sadomasochistic psychoanalysts, that is.)  RoboCop is probably one of the most interesting roles out there right now that happens to come with a big paycheck.  May that be enough for Mr. Fassbender.

Padihla plans on a February or March for the Detroit-set movie.  Hit the jump for the synopsis and trailer for the 1987 version.

Set in Detroit sometime in the near future, the film is about a policeman killed in the line of duty whom the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The RoboCop is indestructible, and within a matter of weeks he has removed crime from the streets of Detroit. However, his human side is tortured by his past, and he wants revenge on the thugs who killed him. [Fandango]


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