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Production on the remake of Paul Verhoven's RoboCop has officially begun up in Toronto, Canada and it took no time at all for the first photos of Joel Kinnaman in costume to arrive online. And while the new armor does certainly look different than what we saw in the 1987 original - the most notable change being that his armor is black now instead of gun-metal gray - it's actually surprising just how conservative the changes are. Check out the first on-set looks at the new RoboCop costume below.
The images come to us via Coming Soon and you can head over there to see both images in their highest resolution.
You may remember a time back in March when Kinnaman was describing the new costume in an interview and said, "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. You’re going to see his eyes." Judging from these images, the suit may have undergone some changes in the last few months. While the visor certainly does look more see-through than the original that Peter Weller wore, it's not exactly transparent, and if you look close enough you can even see a red line across the eyes, creating a similar effect that the old mask had. Perhaps it will change when the costume is put on screen, but this isn't at all what I expected from the star's description.
RoboCop is being directed by Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) and has a supporting cast that includes Michael Keaton (as the central villain), Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Ehle, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley and Michael K. Williams. The story follows a police officer named Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) who is killed on-duty and is brought back to life as a cybernetic crime fighting machine. MGM and Columbia Pictures are co-producing the movie and it will be in theaters on August 9th.