Hugh Laurie in talks to play RoboCop villain

The British actor's career trajectory is upwards - and more evil

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After the success of US medical drama House, Hugh Laurie’s next stop could be a blockbuster Hollywood movie, with the British actor reportedly in talks to play the villain in the upcoming reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic RoboCop.

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Director Jose Padilha already has The Killing US’s Joel Kinnaman on board in the title role, with Samuel L Jackson as a powerful media mogul and Gary Oldman as the scientist who brings cop Alex Murphy back from the brink of death, turning him into the future of law enforcement, cyborg RoboCop. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laurie is in negotiations to play the CEO of Omnicorp, the company that makes RoboCop, as played by Ronny Cox in the original movie.

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If it does come to fruition, Laurie’s career would seem to be moving in a very specific direction – from nice to nasty. Loveable buffoon Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster made way for curmudgeonly House MD, with the downright evil Omnicorp CEO next. Where for Laurie to go after that?