Hugh Laurie is set to star in a new Armando Iannucci “space comedy” being developed for HBO.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Thick of It, Veep and Death of Stalin director has been working on the comedy which is set “mostly in space” and will write and executive produce the series which is due to start filming later this year.
Laurie will feature as a “charming and in-control American space captain” called Ryan Clark. He will be the captain of a spaceship called “Avenue 5”.
Speaking to NME earlier this year about the project, Iannucci said: “It’s set in the world of space tourism about 40 years in the future. It’s not flying cars and stuff, it’s about what really happens when a lot of people just have to get on with each other in space.”
On deciding to set the show in the future, he added: “If I look at the present, I lose my sense of humour, so I’m looking to take stories from other periods and show how the present is reflected in them.”
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The director also revealed that he has been influenced by Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. “I like it a lot. I try and ration my viewing of it because I don’t want to be even subliminally affected by it. It’s really well done.”
“I watched the ‘Star Trek’ one recently. That was a fantastic story, really well performed and shot. I ration myself to one every few months so I’m not too depressed by its general brilliance.”
Iannucci has worked with Laurie previously on Veep during season 4 where he had a recurring role in the award-winning series. Laurie’s last series, Chance, was cancelled after two seasons.