Hugh Laurie will not star in ‘RoboCop’ remake

Actor no longer set to play the villain in the remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 sci-fi classic

Hugh Laurie is no longer attached to the new RoboCop movie.

A remake of the classic 1987 sci-fi film from director Paul Verhoeven is currently in pre-production. Joel Kinnaman, best known for the US remake of The Killing, has been cast in the title role, while Samuel L Jackson and Gary Oldman have also been linked to the project.

In June (2012), US industry journal Variety reported that Laurie was in talks to appear as the villainous CEO of OmniCorp, the company responsible for creating RoboCop. However, one of the publication’s journalists has now extinguished the rumour. Jeff Sneider tweeted yesterday (August 23): “HUGH LAURIE definitely out of ROBOCOP reboot, not that he was ever “in”.”

The RoboCop remake is being helmed by Brazilian director José Padilha and will begin filming in Toronto next month (September). It is scheduled for release on August 9, 2013. Alongside Kinnaman, British actors Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Jennifer Ehle have already been confirmed in supporting roles.

Last year (2011), Hugh Laurie was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-paid actor in TV drama history after his salary for House reached a reported $700,000 (£440,000) per episode. The popular medical series came to an end this May (2012) after eight years and 177 episodes. Last year (2011), Laurie launched a recording career with an album of blues standards called ‘Let Them Talk’, which charted at Number Two in the UK.