Hugh Laurie Not Playing the Villain in the 'RoboCop' Remake After All

August 24, 2012
Source: Variety

Hugh Laurie / OmniCorp

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.

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


That's really too bad, he would have been perfect for the part 🙁

moutchy on Aug 24, 2012



DAVIDPD on Aug 24, 2012


Well, I guess I don't have to go see this movie now... too bad.

AgentS on Aug 24, 2012



Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Aug 24, 2012


Shame. I would have enjoyed seeing him in a villainous role.

LosZombies on Aug 24, 2012


Optimism meter is running pretty low. Wasn't a big fan of the ed 209 concept art either. Maybe a pick of Kinnamen in costume might boost anticipation. Get on it Ethan

Richie G on Aug 24, 2012


the first RC was soooooo good.....don't see how they'll improve on it.

beevis on Aug 24, 2012


They'll get someone better because this guy is a TV actor who played a silly, unbelievable character and one note at that for too many years. Sorry if that upsets the folks who thinks this guy is a good actor. We'll see, but so far he ain't showed me nothin'. Look at his other work and also wonder why he hasn't landed any decent film roles either before his televison work and during it and now after it. He's done for more than likely.

Hugh on Aug 25, 2012

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