Jay Baruchel has made a name for himself in comedies, popping up in Knocked Up and holding his own in Tropic Thunder. But people might forget the dramatic work he did in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (as gym “mascot” Danger) and the memorable voice acting he contributed to DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon. Baruchel has range, and he’s about to add another layer to his resume when he takes on a role in the anticipated sci-fi remake of the thriller RoboCop.

Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) directs the new RoboCop, which just added Baruchel to its already impressive ensemble, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The She’s Out of My League lead will play the head of marketing for the fictional company Omnicorp – the cutting-edge corporation responsible for the advancements in technology that lead to the creation of RoboCop (played this time by Joel Kinnaman of AMC’s The Killing).

Baruchel joins a cast that already includes Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley. That’s a great group of actor eager to sign up for what originally sounded like a rehashed reboot of a popular franchise. But with Len Wiseman luring the likes of Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston to a Total Recall remake, maybe the market for actors willing to give it their all to deliver a memorable thrill ride is expanding.

Padilha certainly knows how to direct action, so the new RoboCop should be gracefully violent, at the very least. The movie’s heading toward an Aug. 9, 2013 release date, so stay tuned for updates.

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