Movie News: Michael Keaton Is 'RoboCop' Villain; Michael Douglas May Be President Reagan

Movie News: Michael Keaton Is 'RoboCop' Villain; Michael Douglas May Be President Reagan

Aug 30, 2012

RoboCop: After negotiations with Hugh Laurie (TV’s House) broke off recently, we knew the RoboCop remake would need a new villain, but frankly we never thought Michael Keaton (Tim Burton’s Batman and, above, in… Mr. Mom!) would fill that role. But Keaton is set to play the evil CEO of an evil corporation that creates a new-fangled metallic law enforcement officer. The film starts shooting in September and is due for release next August. [Deadline]

Michael Douglas as President: In another bit of surprising casting news, Michael Douglas is in talks to play President Ronald Reagan. The film, titled Reykjavik, is based on discussions in 1986 between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, meetings that were held in the capital of Iceland “against the backdrop of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.” Mike Newell (Great Expectations) may direct. Douglas played a fictitious chief executive in 1995’s The American President, written by Aaron Sorkin. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Charlize Theron: War correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in Syria earlier this year; her colorful, ultimately tragic story was told by writer Marie Brenner in the August issue of Vanity Fair. Now Charlize Theron and producing partner Basil Iwanyk have optioned the article and are in the process of finding someone to draft a screenplay. Theron is not committed to acting in the project, but it would surely be a memorable role. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Impossible International Poster: We’ve seen the powerful and haunting trailer for The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan MacGregor, and based on the true story of a family vacationing in Thailand when the giant tsunami hit. A new Spanish-language international poster puts the emphasis on family; the movie’s due out in the U.S. on December 21. [HeyUGuys]

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