Joel Kinnaman stars as the title character in Columbia Pictures' "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)Link
Joel Kinnaman plays the lead in "RoboCop." (MGM / Columbia Pictures)Link
Abbie Cornish, left, as Clara Murphy and Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy in "RoboCop." In the film, Kinnaman's character becomes the titular part-man, part-machine law enforcement robot. (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)Link
Samuel L. Jackson plays conservative media mogul Pat Novak in "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)Link
Gary Oldman, left, as brilliant scientist Dr. Dennett Norton and Michael Keaton as Omnicorp executive Raymond Sellars in "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)Link
Gary Oldman, left, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton and Jennifer Ehle in "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)Link
Joel Kinnaman portrays the titular character -- a part-man, part-robot law enforcement officer -- in "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)Link
"RoboCop" director José Padilha, photographed in Beverly Hills in 2011. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)Link
The newest trailer for next year’s “RoboCop” remake has debuted, and the clip offers a much more detailed glimpse at the world — and the politics — of Brazilian director José Padilha’s reworking of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satiric sci-fi film.
Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) stars as police officer Alex Murphy, who is reborn as a coolly effective law enforcement machine in the wake of a car bombing, leaving him in a sort of existential limbo — he’s neither wholly man nor machine.
Padilha made a name for himself on the festival circuit for his documentary filmmaking before writing and directing “Elite Squad” and its sequel “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” — crime thrillers that became critical darlings. And he’s been explicit about his intentions to use “RoboCop” as a lens through which to examine the morality of drone warfare, among other contentious real-world issues.
“We’re making a movie that has action scenes in it, that has a lot of visual effects, but it’s a movie that talks about current affairs,” Padilha said in an interview with Hero Complex. “It talks about the use of drones and the consequences that this has, ethical and moral and political. I do see some of the documentary skills, if I have any, being inserted into the movie. I don’t see it as so different from documentary filmmaking; it is in a technical way, but not in a philosophical way.”
“RoboCop,” which also stars Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson as a right-wing media mogul, is set to open in theaters Feb. 12, 2014.
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— Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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