Hugh Laurie Not Playing the Villain in the 'RoboCop' Remake After All
Well, that's pretty damn disappointing. The British actor might be done with "House M.D.," but apparently one big return to the big screen won't be happening for Hugh Laurie next year. Though the actor was said to be in talks to play the villain in Jose Padilha's remake of RoboCop. However, it sounds like the negotiations never finalized a deal as Variety's Jeff Sneider updated the masses via Twitter saying, "While he was never officially confirmed, sources telling Variety that Hugh Laurie has ended talks to play villain in RoboCop," and following up with a "definitely out of RoboCop, not that he was ever 'in'." That's no good.
Laurie was going to play the cold, sarcastic CEO of Omni Corp, the company responsible for creating the cyborg cop after Detroit police officer Alex Murphy (played by "The Killing" star Joel Kinnaman) is killed in action but resurrected as RoboCop. This is a real bummer because the aforementioned medical drama series has kept Laurie from having prominent roles in films (outside of some great supporting turns in animated flicks like Monsters vs. Aliens and Arthur Christmas) and this was going to be his most high profile film role yet. We'll likely hear about a replacement soon, so I hope they have someone good to top Laurie. At least Gary Oldman is still in this remake for now, so I guess that's good.