Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson signs on to 'Robocop.' Plus: Jamie Foxx, Robin Williams, Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch

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Samuel L. Jackson will star in the remake of Robocop, as a media mogul named Pat Novak, which does not sound as a good guy name to me. The Killing's Joel Kinnaman will play the eponymous police officer-turned-cyborg; Gary Oldman will play the scientist who creates him. José Padilha (Elite Squad) is directing. [THR]

• While no formal offer has yet been made, Jamie Foxx is circling the role of the President of the United States in the thriller White House Down, about a secret service officer (Channing Tatum) who must fend off a paramilitary group that successfully invades the White House. Master of cinema realism Roland Emmerich (2012) will direct. [Variety]

• Robin WilliamsShirley MacLaine, and Project X‘s Oliver Cooper are attached to A Film By Alan Stuart, about a documentary filmmaker eager to make a film about his family’s unique history with World War II. Director Andrew Bergman (Honeymoon in Vegas) will direct from his script. [Deadline]

• Call this casting after-the-fact: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch have wrapped the heretofore secret indie film Prince Avalanche with writer-director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). A remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way, the film two men working together on a road-striping crew. [Variety]

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