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Sweden's Kinnaman snags new RoboCop lead

Sweden's Kinnaman snags new RoboCop lead

Published: 06 Mar 2012 15:16 GMT+01:00
Updated: 06 Mar 2012 15:16 GMT+01:00

There had been rumours indicating that the Swede had been offered the part, but the confirmation didn’t come until Monday that Kinnaman had signed a contract and accepted the role.

According to the online magazine NME, director Jose Padhila was hoping for Inglorious Basterds star Michael Fassbender to play the role of the cyborg cop, but the Irish-German actor never officially entered talks to discuss starring in the movie.

Joel Kinnaman had been due to appear on the silver screen along Kit Harington as Lancelot in the Warner Brothers production of Lancelot & Arthur, but the production was halted due to a budget that was running amok, reported the paper.

Kinnaman had first caught the attention of Hollywood studios following his work in Swedish author Jens Lapidus’ thriller "Snabba Cash" (Easy Money).

Shortly after he was signed by an American agent and was cast as Detective Stephen Holding in American TV series "The Killing", which proved a hit with both critics and audiences and was recently renewed for a second season.

The Swede has previously featured in "Safe House", a thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, in which Kinnaman was reunited with his "Snabba Cash" director Daniel Espinosa.

Kinnaman was cast in American thriller "The Darkest Hour", a 3D science fiction movie and also appeared in David Fincher’s US version of Stieg Larsson’s "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

He is the brother of Swedish actress Melinda Kinnaman who had a successful Swedish acting career before making it in Hollywood, and is bi-lingual by birth with a dual citizenship as his father is from the US.

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10:43 March 7, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Joel Kinnaman is actually Swedish-American (sorry, Sweden can't quite claim ALL the credit for him!)

I think film 'remakes' are not always as successful as the original. The first 'Robocop' film had a private corporation taking over policing - with catastrophic effects.

Given that several UK police forces have invited private security companies to 'bid' to take over aspects like criminal investigations, neighbourhood patrols and detaining suspects - this film remake could be of VERY topical interest.
20:20 March 8, 2012 by OkieFromMuskogee
The first Robocop movie is a modern classic...they shouldn't remake it.

Also, The US version of The Killing TV show was a disaster. Started very good but worse and worse each week. But Joel Kinnaman was one of the better parts of the show, so it's good to see he's moving on....
13:24 March 10, 2012 by Lungbög
Another remake, another sequel, another prequel... yawn.

and Okie's right, The Killing was simply terrible.
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