Back in June, we reported that House star Hugh Laurie was in talks to star in RoboCop as the villainous OmniCorp CEO. Today, we have word from Variety reporter Jeff Sneider that talks have broken down, and that he will not play the villain. Here's what he had to say on his Twitter page.
MGM RUMOR #1: While he was never officially confirmed, sources telling Variety that HUGH LAURIE has ended talks to play villain in ROBOCOP.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) August 23, 2012
HUGH LAURIE definitely out of ROBOCOP reboot, not that he was ever "in."— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) August 23, 2012
Production is scheduled to start very soon in Toronto, so it seems MGM will have to move fast to find a new villain. Joel Kinnaman stars as Alex Murphy, the Detroit cop who is resurrected as the title character. Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley are also starring.