Gary Oldman signs up for RoboCop

Joins Joel Kinnaman for Jose Padilha's remake

RoboCop , Jose Padilha's remake of the classic sci-fi action film, has added a genuine heavyweight to its cast with the announcement that Gary Oldman has signed on to play one of the leads.

Oldman will play Norton, the scientist responsible for creating RoboCop, who finds himself conflicted by the demands of his employers, and the struggle of a former human to rediscover his old self.

Oldman will be joining new RoboCop Joel Kinnaman (star of the US version of The Killing ), who spoke recently about how adult a version of the story audiences will be treated to.

"I sincerely hope they’re going for an R rating, because I can’t imagine how RoboCop could be PG-13," he said. "That would be a huge mistake. If I have any say in it, I will fight very hard for it. It has to be violent."

Production has yet to begin on the film, but with RoboCop currently scheduled to open on 9 August 2013, expect some more casting announcements sooner rather than later...