After House ended its series run earlier this year, Hugh Laurie was to make the jump to films starting off with a role as the villain in Jose Padilha’s Robocop. Now reports are coming in confirming that he wonâ€™t be in the film after all. Jeff Sneider of Variety reports that Laurie never had his deal finalized, even though he was in talks to star.
Sneider wrote: â€œHUGH LAURIE definitely out of ROBOCOP reboot, not that he was ever â€˜in.â€™â€
As to who his replacement could be, Deadline says that Clive Owen is in talks to play the rich CEO of OmniCorp, the organization that turns Detroit police officer Alex Murphy from a near-dead man into a half-human half-robot law enforcer. Of course this is done to make a profit and not protect the citizens of Detroit.
No details were provided as to why Lauire didnâ€™t take the role, but Owen possibly filling in as his replacement sounds promising.
Although Laurie is out of Robocop, we should be seeing a lot more of him on the big screen since he is no longer working on House. The series was a huge hit for Fox, but it also prevented him from some real big screen work. Heâ€™s had many cinematic supporting roles over the years (Hop, Monsters Vs. Aliens, and The Oranges), so Robocop was to have been one of his biggest roles on a movie screen.
Whether or not MGM and Padilha are able to lock Owen in for the villain role remains to be seen, its just a little bit disappointing that we wonâ€™t get to see Laurie in the film. But I am sure he will have no trouble finding another gig elsewhere, and hopefully weâ€™ll be seeing him as a villain soon.
[Source: Variety | Deadline]