'Robocop' Eyes Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, and Johnny Depp

Jose Padilha will direct this MGM reboot about a Detroit cop who is resurrected as a cybernetic crime fighter.

Keanu Reeves is being considered to play the next Robocop
Keanu Reeves is being considered to play the next Robocop
Now that MGM has locked in director José Padilha for their RoboCop remake, the focus has shifted to casting. Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, and Johnny Depp have all been mentioned as early contenders to play the lead character of Officer Alex J. Murphy, aka RoboCop, a role originated by Peter Weller.

We reported last month that Joshua Zetumer is taking over screenwriting duties on the project. Since the screenplay is still being written, it seems unlikely that any serious offers will go out to cast members until a draft is done.

RoboCop would provide an interesting challenge for A-list actors such as Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, and Johnny Depp, since their face would be obscured by that metal mask for a good portion of the movie. However, Robert Downey Jr. pulled it off just fine in Iron Man.

It isn't known when production will start on RoboCop, though a 2013 release date is being considered by MGM. The original 1987 Robocop starred Peter Weller as a Detroit police officer who narrowly escapes death and is revived as a half-man half-robot crime-fighting machine.

RoboCop was released February 12th, 2014 and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel. The film is directed by José Padilha.



Sources: Moviehole

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  1. incmob

    i for one cant see any of them playing robo.

    4 years agoby @incmobFlag

  2. DarkMale25

    The ONLY one I see pulling off this roll is Karl Urban. But to be honest.. why in God's name would they try to bring this crap back from the past? It wasn't good then.. its not going to be good now.

    4 years agoby @darkmale25Flag

  3. Salem6777

    @thajackal oh hell no!

    4 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  4. The Real Lex Luthor

    Jon Cena should play Robo COP!

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  5. Vinoth R

    Johnny Depp as Robocop? eww... he's an awesome actor, but he won't fit as Robocop.

    4 years agoby @vinoth-rFlag

  6. Zak Lee Ferguson

    NO, NONE OF THEM...the first three films sucked, but whether reinvented as the graphic novels are or original comics and a right style era and formality and cast yes, KEANU just ticks the list for a bomb of a f*cking sh*tty flop of a film, Johnny, quite possibly will hold the characteristics and emotions. Tom Cruise would just look out of place and smile in the wrong places

    4 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  7. Masta_Chiefed

    They will all pass.

    4 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  8. SomethingMore

    Rock should play it..He got strong body!

    4 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  9. Sean

    @emmytt
    that what i was thinking after reading the article.

    4 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  10. Bane5000

    @bawnian-dexeus...Not bad of a choice there buddy :]

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  11. Emmytt

    none of those 3 actors are robocop!

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @bane5000 Clarence Bodiker

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. Nawtnt

    Good actors but not right for the role

    4 years agoby @nawtntFlag

  14. dcrock

    I hate when they remake movies that don't need to be remade. This and The Karate Kid come to mind. Nobody can beat Peter Weller. If keanu gets the part at least it will be different. Robocop can go surfing and say dude a lot. But seriously out of these three i'd pick him.

    4 years agoby @dcrockFlag

  15. Bane5000

    @bawnian-dexeus...Waltz for Clarence Bodiker or for Robo?

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  16. TheMime

    As long as the story is good and all that......though, non of these would be The Mime's actor of choice but still, they could work....again, as long as the story works......

    And a new robot suit.......since many heroes have been remaking and modernizing their costumes in all these new movies and stuff....The Mime thinks its only fair that Robo-cop gets one........In fact, he's getting one...The Mime guarantees that.... Back then was cool, but its a new world now, who would want to see that plastic-stuck-together-by-glue suit back.....as The Mime said, back then it was cool....... Or what?.....what do you this suit?.... in time, The Mime will draw and share a picture of what he sees the suit could look like.

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  17. Remy72883

    i wouldnt mind seeing Reeves do this

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @bane5000 I vote Christoph Waltz for that role

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. The Real Lex Luthor

    Tom Cruise would be interesting to see in this! For once he wont look like a midget on screen.

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  20. Bane5000

    @bawnian-dexeus...Yup, keep Robo in the family :D

    @jimthar...they gotta get someone really creepy and badd ass if they want to even come close to the dad from that 70's Show, he was awesome as Clarence Bodiker

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  21. Jimthar

    and someone below made a good point about the bad guy. they have to get someone really badass to play bodicker in this one. if, indeed they are retelling the original story instead of writing a new one. it'll be damn hard to outdo kurtwood smith.

    4 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  22. Jimthar

    @brandonheat. josh duhamel? are you serious? hell no on that one. though i think michael c hall is a good choice.

    4 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  23. Pjwolsker

    Daniel Craig. his voice is deep. he could do it

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  24. LuxoIII

    Well, Reeves would be perfect for an expressionless, emotionless robot, because he can't do either of those things.

    4 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  25. BrandonHeat

    How bout other actos others... Kevin Durand and Micheal C. Hall, Timonty Olyanphat, Josh Duhamel

    4 years agoby @brandonheatFlag

  26. BrandonHeat

    still say Aaron Eckheart

    4 years agoby @brandonheatFlag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @bane5000 Passing down the torch. Nice

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. skywise

    rediculous

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  29. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Although Eckhart would be a great choice.

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  30. MovieManiac

    All three of them are terrible choices for the role.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag