Ever since the recent announcement that Hugh Laurie had dropped out of Jose Padilha's RoboCop reboot, the production team has been scrambling to cast a new villain for the film.
It would now seem that the search is finally over as Michael Keaton has signed to star as the villain of the film.
Director Jose Padilha has issued a statement confirming Keaton's casting as Raymond Sellars, the sinister CEO of OmniCorp, the company that builds RoboCop:
"Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film, and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place. ... It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We’ve got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209s, and I can’t wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets."
Prior to this reveal, it was rumored that Clive Owen might be up for the role.
The former Batman joins the already star-studded cast, which includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish and leading man Joel Kinnaman. Production on Robocop will begin in the next few weeks for an August 9, 2013, release