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'RoboCop' Finds a Villain in Michael Keaton to Replace Hugh Laurie

The mystical higher power of movie making can give and it can take.  Recently it was announced that Hugh Laurie would no longer be playing the villain in the new RoboCop remake.  Rumors swirled over who would play the adversary of the robotically enhanced Alex Murphy with some saying Clive Owen would step up.  The news of a casting change doesn't seem so bad with breaking word that Michael Keaton will be filling the cold space that Laurie once occupied.  Though we lose Dr. House, we gain a Batman.

Keaton is slated to play decidedly nefarious CEO of OCP, the company that actually designs and puts into motion the RoboCop project.  While that sounds like a noble deed, ensuring that the streets of Detroit are safe, in reality he needed to rid the city of crime before he could revitalize it under his company's name and essentially rule it.  That's pretty sneaky stuff, even for an 80's villain.

The Jack Frost star hasn't had a big screen role since The Other Guys in 2010, though the announcement of his casting is still fairly impressive.  Naturally it's disappointing to hear that we won't get to see Hugh Laurie play the head honcho of a dastardly corporation, but they've got someone just as amazing.  Someone at Columbia Pictures must have said Beetlejuice three times.

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