Gary Oldman joins ‘RoboCop’ remake

British actor is expected to play the scientist who transforms Alex Murphy

Gary Oldman has joined the cast of the forthcoming RoboCop remake.

The Dark Knight Rises actor has signed up to star in MGM’s new version of the 1980s sci-fi classic opposite Joel Kinnaman, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

It is believed that Oldman will play the scientist who makes RoboCop in the new movie, to be directed by Jose Padilha. The screenplay for the film will be written by Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk and shooting is expected to begin in Toronto this September ahead of a release in August 2013.

Oldman’s role will be more significant in the new movie, since Padhila intends to frame a lot of the film in the space between protagonist Alex Murphy’s shooting and his emergence as RoboCop. He has said: “RoboCop the first movie was fantastic. But even if there was no movie, the concept of RoboCop is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, ‘When do you lose your humanity?’

“I have my take on it. And I can tell you this: In the first RoboCop when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you programme a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?”