Michael Keaton is set to play the villain in José Padilha‘s Robocop remake. The role of Raymond Sellars was originally attributed to Brit Hugh Laurie (House), who just this week reportedly dropped out of talks for the role. Keaton joins cast members Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, and Samuel L. Jackson in the remake of Paul Verhoeven’s cult classic.
Keaton is certainly an unusual addition to the cast, as he has focused on voice work and small TV roles over the last few years, with few feature performances. Perhaps such a high profile–and potentially highly campy–return performance is just what the beloved star needs to revitalize his film career. It will certainly be interesting to see how Padilha handles such an eclectic and talented cast.
Robocop is scheduled to being shooting in September, with release slated for August 9, 2013.