Abbie Cornish Eyes Wife Role In ‘RoboCop’ Remake

The best way to convince us that a “RoboCop” remake is totally necessary is line up an awesome cast for it, and MGM is doing just that. Hot off the news that Samuel L. Jackson has joined the film as a “charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world,” the studio has seemed to have found itself a female lead as well.

Deadline is reporting that Abbie Cornish is currently in talks for a big role in the movie. But instead of playing Alex Murphy’s former partner Anne Lewis, who was the most important female character in the original “RoboCop,” Cornish is in talks to play Murphy’s wife.

In the Peter Weller “RoboCop,” we meet Murphy’s wife during a flashback and are told that she and Murphy’s son moved on after his alleged death. Deadline describes Cornish’s role the same way for the reboot — she’s been offered “the role of his wife, who thinks she is a widow” — but it seems as though it will be a bigger part in this flick.

Hopefully that means there still is a role for Anne Lewis in this film, as she was such a pivotal character in the original “RoboCop.” Our guess is we will hear of someone being cast in that part pretty soon. So far the only other people who have been officially cast are Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy and Gary Oldman as the scientist who created RoboCop.

“RoboCop” is due in theaters on August 9, 2013.

Do you think that Cornish is a good fit for this role? Do you think that Murphy’s wife should have a beefed up part? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!