Michael Fassbender is first choice for RoboCop remake

Director says, "I'll talk to him"

Michael Fassbender isn't showing any signs that he'll loosen his stranglehold on brooding leading man roles anytime soon: director José Padilha has stated he'd like the Fass for his RoboCop remake.

In an interview on Brazilian TV to promote Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, Padilha spoke about his take on the future of law enforcement.

Sadly we don't understand Portuguese, but the guys over at Bleeding Cool were able to get a translation of the transcript.

Here are Padilha's comments in full:

"I’ll film RoboCop. I’m indeed writing the script, the writer is here with me in Rio, we’ve spent over the last 15 days working together, refining the script.

"I’ll be travelling this Friday back to LA, bringing this new version to discuss with the studio, and maybe begin with the casting, selecting actors… and the idea is to begin filming in February – February or March. That’s the idea, y’know, we never know in the American movie industry. We’re just delivering the project, but also we depend on the schedule of the actors… it’s tough.

"I can’t talk yet, it’s too early to speak, but there are some actors I like. I really like the Fassbender, I’d like to talk to him — I’ll talk to him. There’s a possibility… and there’s a lot of other great actors that would play RoboCop. But that’s the idea, to film around January, February, March."

Getting Fassbender onboard probably won't be the easiest of undertakings: his schedule has been pretty packed of late, and he'll soon be starring in Brendan Gleeson's directorial debut At Swim-Two-Birds.

There's always the possibility he'll be called up for an X-Men: First Class sequel too, and will he want to don another metal helmet?

We'll probably start to hear a lot more casting rumours once the script is completed, but it's rare for a director to be so open about who they want at such an early stage.

Fassbender would no doubt make a pretty damn cool Alex Murphy/RoboCop, but then he'd make a pretty damn cool anything.

Would you like to see The Fassbender as RoboCop? Or did you have another casting suggestion in mind? Share your ideas below…


    • ChrisWootton

      Sep 25th 2011, 13:33

      So is the film in Portugese then? Not very encouraging

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    • Projectionist

      Sep 25th 2011, 15:49

      The director is Portugese. I have idea of them f**k off and leave it alone

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    • MikeyRix

      Sep 26th 2011, 21:44

      @Projectionist Big whoop, Paul Verhoeven is Dutch. What difference does the nationality make?

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    • Seedorf

      Sep 27th 2011, 14:28

      I'd be surprised if they get Fassbender now he is a rising star and more able to choose which films he wants to do. Can't really see him wanting to spend the majority of the film as a emotionless tin can with a helmet on.

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