On Monday morning, amid all the controversy over Benicio Del Toro and Kahn, Robocop actor Peter Weller was semi-quietly cast in J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel. At the time not much was known about his role, though I immediately thought he’d be perfect for the older, supporting villain mentioned when Alice Eve was cast. Well it seems more information about his role did slip out earlier this week and many people just missed it. Read More »

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Peter Weller Joins the ‘Star Trek’ Sequel

Briefly: While we can speculate and dither about what role Benicio Del Toro is playing in J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel, we can celebrate the fact that Peter Weller, one of the best voices in the business and the original RoboCop, will now be part of the Trek cast, too.

Variety reports that Weller is cast, but doesn’t have any more info on his role than we’ve got about Benicio Del Toro’s part. Abrams will shoot the film in early 2012 from a script written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, and we know that Alice Eve will also be joining the returning cast, which includes Chris Pine, and Zachary Quinto.

Star Trek 2, or whatever the film will eventually be called, is set for release on May 17, 2013.

Peter Weller Sends a Message to Detroit

Bless you, Funny or Die. We’ve heard from a great many people about the proposed statue of RoboCop in Detroit, especially since the plan to fund the statue raised fifty grand in mere days. But one important voice hasn’t been heard, until now. Thanks to the miracle of the internet, you can watch a message to Detroit from Peter Weller, the original RoboCop, after the break. Read More »

RoboCop/Buckaroo Banzai Star Peter Weller Joins Dexter

Peter Weller has joined the cast of the fifth season of Showtime’s Dexter.  Weller is best known as the title character from the RoboCop movies and Buckaroo Banzai from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

According to Deadline, Weller will be playing “a troubled Miami Metro police officer who gets caught up in an internal affairs investigation.” The actor will appear in eight of the twelve episodes. And yes, many will make the connection that his Buckaroo Banzai co-star John Lithgow appeared on last season, earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

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The Internet Birthed: Tropic Thunder LOLcat

One wonders how much moolah DreamWorks dropped on this new promotional Tropic Thunder LOLcat featuring Ben Stiller‘s Tugg Speedman. I’m not the one. Rather than take on Hollywood’s cause du jour, Global Warming, Speedman’s preferred charity is Pandas. Mmm/blech, Panda Express.

This week also witnessed the unmasking of Speedman’s Tom Cruise-biting website, leaving many (employed) bloggers to declare Cruise’s IRL site victorious. And this wouldn’t be news if we didn’t mention that I Can Haz Cheezburger just launched a new celeb-skewering site called Totally Looks Like. Example: Glenn Close’s face…totally looks like…Peter Weller’s head in RoboCop. (theirs).

Discuss: Would you like to see more studios use/resurrect the LOLcat format to market blockbusters? If so, explain. If you feel the new viral strategy “rapes geek culture” as one reader commented, add your magic to the LOLcat here and share below. Would you go see I Can Haz Cheezburger: Theatrical Movie?

MGM Planning New RoboCop Movie

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AICN pointed out a press release today from MGM that lists a new RoboCop movie alongside upcoming franchise films already in development like Quantum of Solace, The Thomas Crown Affair 2 (with RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven on board) and everyone’s favorite future films, The Pink Panther 2 and 3. Here’s the excerpt…

MGM is planning an exciting fall and winter release schedule. In partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM will bring new installments of two of its tentpole franchises — the new James Bond movie QUANTUM OF SOLACE and Steve Martin in PINK PANTHER 2. MGM will also release United Artists’ international thriller VALKYRIE, starring Tom Cruise on October 3. With the appointment of Parent, MGM will enter its new phase of evolution by focusing on its major movie franchises highlighted by JAMES BOND and PINK PANTHER sequels, THE HOBBIT, THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR 2, THE OUTER LIMITS, ROBOCOP, DEATH WISH and FAME, among others.

A redo of Fame was just announced, so besides The Outer Limits, these are all go’s at this point. Strange that we haven’t heard much as of late sans a few whispers here and there about a remake of RoboCop. It still seems like a safe bet that MGM would revamp and remake the first film, rather than pick up where 1993′s pretty bleh RoboCop 3 left off. In fact, this is a tent pole franchise and character that have almost dropped off the pop culture radar, with only a sweded trailer of the original 1987 classic bloodbath in Be Kind Rewind coming to mind.

I’m not against the idea of rebooting the character in films so long as MGM doesn’t “teenify” the still shocking violence, sick humor and sharp satire of the original. And hopefully Peter Weller, who played the pork of the future in the first two flicks, gets offered a role in the film as well.

Discuss: Does the idea of a RoboCop reboot scare you? Who should direct it? And, oooh, RoboCop Versus The Terminator?

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