After eight seasons of playing the stubborn, mean and selfish (yet utterly brilliant) genius that is Dr Gregory House, one might wonder what’s next on the cards for star Hugh Laurie. Well, now we’ve got the answer – he’ll be making a turn as an evil villain in José Padilha‘s upcoming remake for MGM of Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 sci-fi classic RoboCop.
The British actor has just signed on for the role of the villainous Omni Corp CEO – a part which he’s sure to be great at. Laurie will be joining an already intriguing cast that includes lead Joel Kinnaman, and co-stars Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Variety has reported that Laurie is currently in negotiations for the exciting part, in what will definitely be his most prominent feature role to-date. Although the star has become very popular in the US for his Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning stint on House MD, Laurie hasn’t really made it to the big-screen yet. But with no more House on the horizon, it seems like the sensible move for Laurie, whose recent credits include voice work for Hop, Monsters vs Aliens, and Arthur Christmas, as well as live-action appearances in Street Kings and The Oranges.
Much like Verhoeven’s original, Padilha’s RoboCop centers around Detroit police officer Alex Murphy (Kinnaman), who finds himself murdered on duty and remade into an unstoppable cyborg. Laurie will play the extremely wealthy head of the insidious company that creates him for their own benefit. And with Laurie’s acting skills and charisma, the part seems like an excellent fit; in fact, for a lot of Laurie fans, RoboCop has just become a lot more exciting.
As for the rest of the cast, Oldman is set to play scientist who creates RoboCop (a new element unique to the remake), while Cornish signed on last week to play Alex Murphy’s wife – who initially believes him to be dead. Last but not least, Jackson is set to play powerful TV mogul Pat Novak.
The new script was originally written by Josh Zetumer, with more recent drafts by Nick Scheck and James Vanderbilt. Filming will get underway this summer, and we can expect the finished product to hit theaters August 9, 2013.
Do you think Laurie will make a worthy villain for RoboCop?