While doing press for the second season of AMC's The Killing, Joel Kinnaman talked to the MTV Movies Blog about his starring role in José Padilha's upcoming RoboCop reboot.
Saying he's "super stoked" about the project, the actor revealed this new version will delve more into real-world science than the 1987 original did. "There's a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, 'Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?' and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that," Kinnaman said. "The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way. It's not a control tower that does everything."
He also said that, while the reboot will have nods to the Paul Verhoeven film, it will also have a different feel. Additionally, the role of Alex Murphy and RoboCop will offer more of an acting challenge than the robotic portrayal in the original, with the armor changed to show more of the actor's face. "It's not going to be jaw action. They’re still working on the suit and how it’s going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through," he said. "You’re going to see his eyes."
Kinnaman also talked a bit about the iconic "death" scene in the original, in which Officer Murphy was gunned won. "It’s going to be different," he said. "But it's very good. I was looking to do a big movie and to show that I can carry a big movie, and I couldn’t be happier that this is going to be one of those big movies, a blockbuster, but that is also a real movie. A movie-movie."
Pre-production on RoboCop is ongoing, with an aim for an Aug. 9, 2013, release date from MGM, Sony and Spyglass Entertainment.