Abbie Cornish is in early talks to join the cast of RoboCop for MGM Studios and director José Padilha.

The story centers on Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), who is left for dead after being shot on duty. He is turned into the half-man, half-robot crime-fighting machine RoboCop, who goes on a quest to clean up the city's mean streets.

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Abbie Cornish will play Alex Murphy's wife, who thinks her husband is still dead, unaware of his cyborg resurrection. She joins a cast that also includes Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson.

José Padilha is directing from a screenplay by Joshua Zetumer. Production is scheduled to begin later this summer in Toronto.