Joel Kinnaman has officially signed on for the lead role in RoboCop. José Padilha, director of Elite Squad and its recent sequel Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, will direct this long-delayed remake of Paul Verhoeven's seminal 1987 sci-fi classic for MGM.

Joshua Zetumer wrote the screenplay, which follows Officer Alex J. Murphy (originally played by Peter Weller), a recently transferred Detroit police officer in the not-to-distant future, who is shot in the line of duty and left for dead. He is resurrected as a cyborg and reprogrammed to clean up the streets in a massive citywide reconstruction project, but as his memory slowly starts to come back, Murphy sets out to destroy the corporation that rebuilt him.

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Joel Kinnaman hails from Stockholm, Sweden, where he made a name for himself as an actor before becoming well-known in the states for his performance on AMC's hit drama series The Killing, which returns for Season 2 this April 1st. Kinnaman most recently appeared on the big screen in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Safe House.