Hugh Laurie joins cast of ‘Veep’

Former 'House' star will appear in the fourth season of HBO's hit political sitcom

Hugh Laurie has joined the cast of Veep.

The former House star will appear in the fourth season of HBO’s hit political sitcom starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, EW has confirmed.

Laurie’s role has yet to be confirmed by HBO, but at the end of season three, Louis-Dreyfus’s Vice President Selina Meyer was seen taking over the Oval Office following the resignation of the President, leading to speculation that Laurie could be playing Meyer’s own “veep”.

Created by The Thick Of It‘s Armando Iannucci, Veep follows the trials and tribulations of Vice President – and now President – Selina Meyer. The show premiered on HBO in 2012 and has received considerable acclaim, with Louis-Dreyfus winning three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance in the title role.

Veep will be Laurie’s first TV role since long-running medical drama House/em>, which he fronted for eight seasons between 2004 and 2012.