Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry Reunite for Animated 'Canterville Ghost'

May 18, 2012
Source: THR

Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry

With the long-running medical drama series "House M.D." coming to an end next week, I'm hoping that means Hugh Laurie will have more time for feature films. He's lent his voice to films like Hop, Monsters vs. Aliens and Arthur Christmas recently (since voice roles are considerably less time consuming when hiatus between seasons of a TV show), and he's adding another one to the mix. However, this time THR reports Laurie will reunite with his old comedy cohort Stephen Fry for the first time in 13 years to lend their voices to an animated film called The Canterville Ghost, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's short story.

The two made quite the name for themselves in their comedy series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" and now they'll star opposite each other with Fry playing the title character, Sir Simon de Canterville, a 300 year old ghost, while Laurie voices his nemesis, a lowly gardener who is revealed to be Death himself. Set in rural England at the end of the nineteenth century, it tells the tale of Canterville who, for hundreds of years has been haunting Canterville Chase. Everything changes when an American family, the Otises from Boston, buys Canterville Chase and moves in to the house.

Wilde is known for wry humor, and that's right up Fry and Laurie's alley for sure. Kim Burden (Stressed Eric) is directing from a script co-written by frequent collaborators Giles New and Keiron Self (That Mitchell and Webb Look), with Sprout Pictures (a banner actually co-owned by Fry himself) co-producing with Hibbert Ralph. While I'd be more eager for a live-action reunion of Fry and Laurie, this will have to do for the time being. Either way, with "House M.D." ending his practice, we can be sure Laurie will hit the big screen in plenty more films, but probably after a little break.

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