I’ve never seen the sequels.
All I remember is Peter Weller as said Robocop, a great actor who has even recently added great roles to his roster as Batman in THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and Admiral Marcus in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.
But a new millennium means a new Alex Murphy aka Robocop, Joel Kinnaman. Kinnaman’s biggest credit that I recognized on IMDB is AMC’s THE KILLING.
Don’t fear! The supporting cast is phenomenal with Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury in AVENGERS), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon in Nolan’s DARK KNIGHT Trilogy), and Michael Keaton (Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 BATMAN). The hilarious Jay Baruchel (THIS IS THE END, TROPIC THUNDER), the creepy chameleon of an actor Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach in WATCHMEN), and Abbie Cornish (LIMITLESS) round out the cast.
The theme of who is in control, Alex Murphy or his creators (Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and company) is an interesting take. It appears the idea that Murphy is given the illusion of control, yet somehow regains it thanks to his humanity, runs rampant in the trailer.
The trailer looks like a mix of the remake of TOTAL RECALL and DREDD… so we’ll see if it is actually any good or not.
In the mean time, I’ll refresh myself with the original ROBOCOP for some Peter Weller goodness!