Were you as excited as we were when it was announced that former House star Hugh Laurie was in negotiations to join the upcoming Robocop reboot directed by José Padilha? Yeah, well, better bottle up all those hopes and dreams because Laurie will not be joining the cast. Bummer!
Back in June, Variety reported that Laurie was in talks to play, “the cold, sarcastic CEO of Omni Corp, which creates the title character.” Many believed that meant he would be play senior president Dick Jones, head of the ED-209 enforcement droid program and villain of the original 1987 film.
According to Variety’s Jeff Sneider ( by way of Jeff’s Twitter account), though, Hugh has pulled out of negotiations:
Seeing Laurie in a big budget film in which he doesn’t voice the son of Santa, or the Easter Bunny would have been pretty awesome. And he totally would have played a deliciously dick-headish corporate CEO. However, seeing as Hugh was never officially confirmed, there’s no big loss to the cast or crew. Principle photography hasn’t even begun yet, so there’s still time to find someone else to put on the suit and boss people around.
Robocop, starring Joel Kinnaman and co-starring Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel and Abbie Cornish hits theaters August 9th, 2013.
Source: Comic Book Movie