Hugh Laurie Drops Out Of The RoboCop Remake, Could Clive Owen Replace Him?

By Sean O'Connell 2012-08-24 13:14:55discussion comments
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Jose Padilha’s upcoming remake of the classic sci-fi/police drama RoboCop has had its fair share of ups and downs through the pre-production process. Here’s a “down,” followed by a possible “up.”

A Variety has Tweeted that House star Hugh Laurie is “definitely out” as the villain of the piece, suggesting in his Tweet that Laurie never actually was confirmed as “in” for the picture (even though his name has been associated with Padilha’s picture for weeks now). It’s possible that Laurie’s deal hadn’t been finalized yet, and contract negotiations broke down, or maybe the negative buzz swirling around the remake following a public script review scared Laurie off the project. Either way, it seems to have been confirmed that Laurie’s gone.

Now, the good news. In its report of Laurie’s exit, Deadline suggests that Clive Owen is part of a small group of actors who MGM is meeting with immediately in hopes of replacing Laurie to keep the production on track. Even without Laurie, the RoboCop remake has an impressive cast, including The Killing star Joel Kinnaman in the lead role, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earl Haley, Jennifer Ehle and Michael K. Williams. But being able to add an actor, of the caliber of Owen would be a blessing. From what we are hearing about the script, it’s going to need a lot of help from its cast to keep things grounded. Given the fact that RoboCop is supposed to start filming next month in Canada -- aiming for an Aug. 9, 2013 release date – expect to hear about a replacement hire almost immediately.
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