According to Deadline, Michael Keaton is set to play the role of Raymond Sellars, the CEO of the corporation that commissions RoboCop. The Sellars role is a delightfully villainous one, especially in Keaton’s hands, that was reportedly offered to and then turned down by “House” actor Hugh Laurie.
No matter the mixed rumblings about the film’s script and tone, this news keeps me cautiously optimistic as I for one appreciate the addition of Michael Keaton to anything. Anything. He is way too underused by Hollywood (Or he is wisely not being used and instead waiting for the right projects) and clearly director Jose Padilha agrees.
“Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place,” Padilha said in a statement. “It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We’ve got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209’s and I can’t wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets.”
Keaton joins an already star-studded cast that includes: Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley and Michael Kenneth Williams.
RoboCop is currently slated to be released on August 9, 2013.