Hugh Laurie to Play Villain in the Robocop Remake?
06.13.12 by Ryan
Brazilian director José Padilha's (Elite Squad) last few casting choices for his Robocop remake have provided insight into how the movie will differ from director Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original. First, Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) was cast as Norton, the scientist who creates Robocop and finds himself in a moral dilemma between his loyalty to his creation and the company that employs him; a character that did not exist in the original. Then, Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) was cast as "charismatic media mogul" Pat Novak, another character that wasn't in the original Robocop. Now Padilha's looking to cast the remake's villain, who will again be an executive at the megacorporation that created Robocop.
THR reports that House actor Hugh Laurie is in negotiations to play the CEO of Omnicorp, the company behind the cyborg known as Robocop. The company in the original was Omni Consumer Products, or OCP. Whether Laurie's taking the place of the original's chairman referred to as "The Old Man" (Dan O'Herlihy) or senior president Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) — or a combination of the two characters — is unknown. But it's clear that the CEO of Omnicorp will be the movie's villain.
The Robocop remake will still follow police officer Alex Murphy (The Killing's Joel Kinnaman) who, after being mortally wounded, is turned into Robocop. Kinnaman recently revealed that the remake will be "a new story within the old one," while Padilha has said that the remake will address what it means "to lose your free will" and "the difference between humans and robots."
The Robocop remake was written by Josh Zetumer, with rewrites by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man). A September production start is being eyed.