The first trailer for the upcoming Robocop remake has been released. View the video below.
Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) takes over for Peter Weller as the protagonist, police officer Alex Murphy. In the year 2028, Detroit is overrun with crime, and flesh-and-blood law enforcement isn’t getting the job done. Enter OmniCorp, a powerful technology organization with a solution. Realizing that America may not like the idea of robotic cops, they go in search of a hero. “We need to give Americans a figure they can rally behind,” says Michael Keaton, who portrays Raymond Sellars, OmniCorp’s CEO. “We’re going to put a man inside of a machine.”
An opportunity presents itself when Murphy is injured in an explosion outside his home. Unlike in the original film, Murphy doesn’t die; but he suffers fourth-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, a severed leg and a prognosis of paralysis from the waist down. His wife Clara, played by Abbie Cornish, makes the difficult choice to let OmniCorp use him for its new project, Robocop. Although Murphy seems to be cognizant, a scientist in the trailer asserts that his free will is an illusion perpetrated by the robot’s computer system. Or is it?
Besides Kinnaman, Keaton and Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman star in the remake. The original, released in 1987, was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Jose Padilha will direct this time around, and Robocop will arrive in theaters Feb. 7, 2014.
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