Michael Kenneth Williams joins RoboCop

Omar coming, yo!

RoboCop's all-star cast continues to go from strength to strength, with the latest addition coming in the form of Michael Kenneth Williams, perhaps best known as the shotgun-toting Omar from HBO's The Wire.

According to Heat Vision, Williams is currently in talks to play the police officer who partnered Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) before he was shot down and transformed into RoboCop. In the remake, he is set to remain close to the Murphy family.

Given that Williams made off with practically every scene he appeared in throughout The Wire, his addition to the RoboCop ensemble is a really exciting one. If nothing else, the man has charisma to burn.

Should he sign on the dotted line, Williams will join a starry collection of actors including Gary Oldman as RoboCop's creator, Samuel L. Jackson as a powerful media mogul, Hugh Laurie as a shadowy corporate villain, Jackie Earle Haley as RoboCop's trainer, Jay Baruchel as Omnicorp's head of marketing and Abbie Cornish as Murphy's wife.

Directed by Jose Padilha, RoboCop will begin filming in Toronto next month ahead of a UK release on 9 August 2013. This one looks better by the week…

What do you think of Michael K. Williams' casting? Tell us, below...


    • bencobra

      Aug 7th 2012, 8:22

      The cast just keeps getting better and better. I am actually really looking forward to this one now. The addition of Williams is superb. He was excellent as a cop in Gone Baby Gone although it was a relatively small role. Hopefully he will get more screen time here.

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    • SiMan

      Aug 7th 2012, 13:28

      Hmm, still think this could go either way. Although Oldman is always amazing, and Samuel L Jackson is always cool, they have in the past picked some dodgy overall movies, even if they themselves were decent in them (Book of Eli, Snakes on a Plane, etc). I reckon it is all going to come down to how well Joel Kinnaman can portray Robocop. Peter Wheller brought a humanity to the character, but also managed to portray the 'robot' side of it convincingly as well.

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    • franciscomoraga

      Aug 7th 2012, 14:35

      so hugh laurie is confirmed?

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 7th 2012, 17:54

      I am still in shock of what happened in season five of The Wire.

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