Michael K. Williams May Join The Cast Of RoboCop

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-08-06 21:07:51discussion comments
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It looks like Omar Little may be moving from the streets of Baltimore to futuristic Detroit. And what's more, this time he'll be a cop.

Michael K. Williams, who is best known for playing the role of Omar on HBO's The Wire, is now in talks to join the cast of Robocop, according to THR. Directed by Jose Padilha, who is best known for helming the two Elite Squad movies in his home land of Brazil, the movie is a remake of the Paul Verhoeven classic from 1987 about a cop named Alex Murphy who is brought back to life as a cybernetic crime fighter. Joel Kinnaman will play the title role while Hugh Laurie is attached as the villain. The incredible supporting cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley. It was announced late last week that Contagion star Jennifer Ehle is in talks for the movie as well.

Should he sign on the dotted line, Williams will be playing Murphy's partner on the police force who is apparently "close with Murphy's family." Alex's partner in the Verhoven movie was an officer named Anne Lewis, who was played by Nancy Allen. It would seem that character has been fully rewritten.

Williams finished his second season on HBO's Boardwalk Empire in December and has working on a number of films during his hiatus. He is currently in production on Twelve Years A Slave, the new film from director Steve McQueen starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, and Paul Giamatti.
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