It seems that the upcoming remake of Robocop may soon have a cast member who'll be trading in his cane, Vicodin pills, and sarcastic scowl for a villainous grin. Hugh Laurie, fresh from completing his 8-year run on House is ready to tangle with Detroit's newest cyborg policeman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laurie is currently in negotiations to play the film's villain, who is described as the "evil and ultra-rich CEO of Omnicorp, the company that makes Robocop."
From the sound of things, the character could be an update on the scheming corporate second-in-command, Dick Jones played by Ronny Cox in the original film.
Will America's favorite cyborg cop be able to stand against an unending barrage of witty, sarcastic one-liners?
The remake of the classic 1987 sci-fi action film will serve as the North American coming out party for Brazilian director José Padilha and will feature a Robocop played by a relatively-unknown star in Joel Kinnaman of TV's The Killing. However, it's already gaining quite an impressive supporting cast with Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and now, prospectively, Hugh Laurie.
Padilha has experienced tremendous success in Brazil with the Elite Squad series of action films, which focus on a team of special police who fight crime the hard way in the streets of Rio de Janeiro and deal heavily with police corruption. It would therefore not be too surprising if this new Robocop film carried the same gritty type of pathos...except with a cyborg cop that shoots rapists and drug dealers in the d**k.
Robocop hits theaters on August 9, 2013.