After over ten years absent from the movies, Jackie Earle Haley made his comeback in 2006 with Little Children, and since then has gone from strength to strength. Most recently he has been seen playing Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, as Rorschach in Watchmen, and also he appeared in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Now the actor has bagged himself yet another big role, in Robocop.
In Jose Padilha’s re-boot of Paul Verhoeven’s ultra violet classic, Haley has taken the role of Maddox, the man who dispenses the military training to Robocop.
Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer. The film is currently in pre-production and slated for a summer 2013 release.
In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilises their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
By Matt Wavish