Columbia Pictures’ new, futuristic thriller “RoboCop” boasts of a powerhouse cast led by Joel Kinnaman (“The Darkest Hour”), Gary Oldman (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), Michael Keaton (“Batman”), and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers”), as well as Abbie Cornish (“Sucker Punch”), Jackie Earle Haley (“Watchmen”) and Jay Baruchel (“Tropic Thunder”).
In “RoboCop,” the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years, but have been forbidden for law enforcement in America. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine.
Michael Keaton plays the unscrupulous Raymond Sellars, the head of OmniCorp. He confesses that some clichés are true, referring to the common word amongst actors that it is usually fun to play a villain. “There is generally more meat in those characters,” he chuckles. “I just didn’t want him to be that hand-rubbing kind of villain that wants to take over the world, but when I read this script I found him much more interesting.”
RoboCop” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.