Director Andrew Adamson and Hugh Laurie Team Up for 'Mister Pip'

April 13, 2011
Source: Deadline

Andrew Adamson / Mister Pip / Hugh Laurie

After directing the first two installments of both the Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia franchises, director Andrew Adamson is venturing into more mature territory for his next project. Deadline reports the filmmaker will both be writing and directing an adaptation of Lloys Jones' novel Mister Pip with Hugh Laurie ("House M.D.") as the star. The story follows Mr. Watts (Laurie), the last white man left on the war-torn island of Bougainville. Asked to open a school there, he reads the kids his favorite novel, Great Expectations and bonds with them over the book, which sheds some perspective on their own difficult lives.

Laurie has provided his voice to films like Monsters vs. Aliens and Hop, but we rarely see him in live-action on the big screen. He's supposed to appear in The Oranges which may or may not come out this year, but his schedule on "House M.D." keeps him quite busy. However, the series seems to be on its last leg, so maybe we'll start seeing him in more live-action films down the road. Personally, I'd like to see him take on some comedy considering his background in sketch comedy with Stephen Fry. Or maybe there's a chance he could play Perry White in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel? Interested in Mister Pip?

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