Samuel L. Jackson‘s character has a message for Americans in the new trailer for Sony’s “RoboCop” remake — stop being so scared of scary robots!
In director José Padilha’s take on the franchise Paul Verhoeven kicked off in 1987, Jackson plays a spokesperson for multinational conglomerate OmniCorp, which is trying to convince Americans that they need the military drones that have been occupying foreign countries for years.
“What if I told you that even the worst neighborhood in America could be made completely safe? How do I know this? Because it’s happening right now in every country in the world, but this one,” Jackson’s character tells American citizens (above) in front of a waving patriotic flag. “So then tell me. Why can’t we use these machines here at home? Why is America so ‘robopobic’?”
When cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) gets blown apart in 2028, the company seizes the opportunity to introduce “a product with a conscience,” since Americans are apparently (and rightfully so) still wary of the bleak future they saw in James Cameron’s “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.”
Michael Keaton plays the CEO of OmniCorp, while Gary Oldman portrays the scientist who designed RoboCop. Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle and Jay Baruchel co-star in the Feb. 12 release.