Deadline reports that Michael Keaton (Batman, Jackie Brown) has landed the villain role in Robocop. The role originally had been linked to Hugh Laurie but has since gone to Keaton. The rest of the cast includes Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, Snabba Cash), Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel and Michael K. Williams.
Deadline reports that talks with Hugh Laurie to play the villain in Robocop have broken down. It was expected Hugh would play Dick Jones an evil corrupt company executive who is slighted by the creation of Robocop who threatens his side businesses. A group of backup actors will likely now be contacted they name Clive Owen (Sin City, Children of Men) as one of the possible people. The current cast includes Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley. Other possible additions include Jennifer Ehle and Michael K. Williams.
A few more casting additions to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. ShowBlitz reports that Kill Bill composer and Wu-Tang member Rza will play a violent slave named Thadeus in the film. Tarantino is a producer along with Eli Roth on Rza’s directorial debut The Man With The Iron Fists in which Rza also stars. Frozen River’s Misty Upham has a role too as a trading post/bar owner named Minnie.
Deadline reports that actress Kerry Washington (Last King of Scotland, Ray) has finally been confirmed for the lead female role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. It’s been rumored since the summer that Kerry was up for the role of Django’s wife Broomhilda who is being held captive by Calvin Candie (DiCaprio).
HeatVision reports that another role in Django Unchained has gone to actor who has previously worked with Quentin. What had been long rumored as a role for Uma Thurman has gone to Laura Cayouette. The role is Lara-Lee the widowed sister of Calvin (DiCpario). Laura had a small role playing a stripper named Rocket in Kill Bill Volume 2. They mention production is set for November which is earlier than previously reported. ShowBlitz also has revealed that Dennis Christopher (Chariots Of Fire, Breaking Away) is negoations to take the role of Calvin’s lawyer Leo Moguy. The cast already includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael K. Williams, Kurt Russell and Gerald McRaney.