The Swedish actor, who also stars as Christer Malm in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', is in talks to play the titular character, a role which was previously offered to Michael Fassbender.
Jose Padilha's "RoboCop" might be close to find its lead actor. Deadline reported that MGM has made an offer to "The Killing" actor Joel Kinnaman to tackle the titular character in the remake movie.
It is said that the dealmaking with Kinnaman is expected to begin immediately. Before Kinnaman's name emerged as the new frontliner, it was long-rumored that Michael Fassbender was eyed to star as the cyborg police.
"RoboCop" was first introduced to Hollywood by director Paul Verhoeven in 1987. The story follows a cop who is brought back from the brink of death in the form of a cyborg with no memories of his prior life. The upcoming reboot will be written by Josh Zetumer.
Back in December 2011, director Padilha opened up that he will include plenty of aggressive satire in the forthcoming movie. He told The Telegraph, "The satire element of 'RoboCop' is, I think, needed today."
"That kind of social, aggressive satire I haven't seen done well in movies lately," the Brazilian filmmaker explained. "And it's almost like the politics and violence in the world is asking for this: 'Someone please make some satire now!' So we're going to keep that edge."
As for Kinnaman, the Swedish actor is best known for his role on AMC's "The Killing". He also took part in David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)" and in Chris Gorak's "The Darkest Hour". He has most recently starred opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Daniel Espinosa's "Safe House".