Joel Kinnaman Confirmed for ROBOCOP

‘The Killing’ actor confirmed for reboot.

Deadline reports that MGM has closed its deal with Joel Kinnaman (‘The Killing’) to play the title role in the José Padilha-directed reboot of ‘Robocop,’ a role originated by Peter Weller in the 1987 Paul Verhoeven original.

The Swedish actor was originally set to star in David Dobkin’s ‘Arthur & Lancelot’ opposite ‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington but that project was put on hold due to its escalating budget, leaving Kinnaman with a gap in his schedule.

Padilha will be directing from a screenplay by ‘Gran Torino’ scribe Nick Schenk.

Kinnaman most recently appeared opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the action-packed thriller ‘Safe House.’ His previous credits include ‘The Darkest Hour’ and ‘Snabba Cash.’