It's not lupus. It's not House as we know him. No, this time around the block, Hugh Laurie might be playing a different kind of villain—he's currently in talks to join the cast of the Robocop reboot...and if he gets the part, he'll be the film's villain.
It's hard to believe that Hollywood is making a new Robocop movie, but after all, Robocop did say he'd be back...Wait, no. That was the Terminator. Moving on!
As far as casting that's already set up, Joel Kinnaman will be Alex Murphy, the cop that is murdered and reborn as the, well, Robocop. Gary Oldman (yes!) is playing a scientist named Norton who helps rebuild said cop/robocop, and Samuel L. Jackson (are you kidding? When can we buy advance tickets? This movie is going to be hilarious) will play a "powerful, uber-patriotic media mogul." Most recently, Abbie Cornish, who you might know from Limitless or Sucker Punch, was cast for the part of Murphy's wife, who is inevitably struggling with the idea that she's only kind of a widow. We can sympathize—a non-metal-non-cyborg guy is hard to find these days, amirite?
Assuming he takes the role, Laurie would act as the "moneygrubbing head of Omni Corp," the company that creates Robocop not out of concern regarding crime rates, but to boost their profit margin. And since we all know how well money-hungry CEOs fare in movies about 'street justice,' it may be safe to assume that Laurie's character, um, doesn't live. But that's just blind speculation—don't quote us on that.
The reboot was most recently written by Josh Zetumer, and Jose Padilha is set to start shooting the movie this summer, so it won't be this year's big blockbuster, but there's always Thanksgiving weekend...or Christmas weekend...or (hopefully we won't have to wait this long) next summer. Until then, if you need your House fix, Laurie can be found in the big-screen adaptation of the novel Mr. Pip.
You know, until all of these casting choices were made public knowledge, we had just about zero interest in a new Robocop. But Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Hugh Laurie could make for a pretty great flick.
Posted by Jena
6/15/2012 2:32 PM