*“Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Kenneth Williams is in negotiations to join the cast of “Robocop,” MGM and Sony’s remake of the classic 1987 sci-fi action movie.


Production is set to begin in September in Toronto and so far includes Joel Kinnaman in the title role, Hugh Laurie as the villain, plus Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley. Jose Padilha is directing the film.

Williams will play the partner to Kinnaman’s police officer Alex Murphy who is tight with Murphy’s family.

Williams is best known for his character Omar in in HBO’s “The Wire.” He’s also recurred on NBC’s “Community,” and is currently shooting “Twelve Years a Slave,’ which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. On “Empire,” he plays racketeer Chalky White.