By: Eric Eisenberg
Marianne Jean-Baptiste is joining the cast of RoboCop. The actress, who is best known for her Oscar-nominated work in 1997’s Secret & Lies, will play Detroit Police Chief Karen Dean in the action movie remake. The rest of the cast includes Joel Kinnaman (as the titular hero), Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Michael K. Williams and Jackie Earle Haley.
The film recently got some rotten PR when a journalist who received a copy of the script reported that the movie would have RoboCop being a Transformer who battles Al-Qaeda. The script was written by written by first-timer Joshua Zeumer. Variety says that production is gearing up start next month in Toronto with Elite Squad director Jose Padilha taking the helm. The film tells the story of a police officer who is shot and murdered by criminals on the streets of Detroit and is brought back as a crime-fighting cyborg. The original was directed by Paul Verhoeven and came out in 1987.
Recently Jean-Baptiste’s career has been mostly taking place on the small screen. From 2002 to 2009 she played Vivian Johnson on the long-running cop drama Without A Trace and recently played a judge on Harry’s Law and had a guest appearance on Son’s of Anarchy. She will, however, be back on the big screen soon enough. In September 20th Century Fox will release the education drama Won’t Back Down, which also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter. She is also gearing up to star in Ray Giarratana’s The Tiger Rising and Barry Alexander Brown’s Son of the South.
Source: Cinema Blend