After years of sitting in development, the new RoboCop is moving full speed ahead. It was recently confirmed that The Killing star Joel Kinnaman has been cast in the title role, and now he's opening up about his take on the iconic character.
According to Kinnaman, director Jose Padilha's version of RoboCop is "much more challenging" than the original. In the 1987 film, Officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is brutally murdered by a group of career criminals led by Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith). Once pronounced dead, his body's taken by a corporation called OCP and used to create the first RoboCop. During the process, Murphy's melded to a metal suit and his brain is reprogrammed.
"There's a lot of neuroscience now raising the question 'Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?', and they're finding out that, no, it's not like that," Kinnaman said. "The body has intelligence itself, and we're much more of an organic creature in that way. It's not a control tower that does everything."
Speaking of his body, the actor said they're still working on the suit but that he knows of one major change. RoboCop's "visor is going to be see-through. You're going to see his eyes," revealed Kinnaman.
In this version, it sounds like Murphy's face will get a lot more screen time. It will be a noticeable shift from the character's original design, which we've all become accustomed to.
How do you feel about RoboCop getting a new look?