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Michael Keaton to Invent RoboCop Instead of Hugh Laurie

Actor Michael Keaton attends a press conference for "The Merry Gentleman" at The Regency Hotel on April 20, 2009 in New York City.

The RoboCop remake's bad guy just went from Hugh Laurie — who's great, but oft-seen, with House and everything — to Michael Keaton, whose onscreen presence has been ultrarare in recent years. Keaton will play the CEO of Omnicorp, the corporation that creates RoboCop. Welcome to the incredible cast, Mike — you've got great company in Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Abbie Cornish, and you're happily welcomed by fans of both robotic police and movies.

Photo: Neilson Barnard/2009 Getty Images