Michael Keaton to Invent RoboCop Instead of Hugh Laurie

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Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Keaton during HBO Presents the New York Premiere Of "Live From Baghdad" at City Cinema in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic) Photo: Neilson Barnard/2009 Getty Images

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.