So remember how excited everybody got about the fact that Hugh Laurie had been cast as the villain in director Jose Padilha’s Robocop reboot? Well firstly, those were still the halcyon days before the film’s script details were revealed and we lost all hope, and secondly, that actually never happened.
Turns out that while the celebrated actor was looking at the role, he never officially agreed to it. But now he has officially pulled out, leaving a bad-guy shaped hole in the production.
Deadline reports that there is a small group of actors who are looking to plug that hole, with fellow English actor Clive Owen being one of them.
While Owen is not a bad choice, and he certainly has the acting chops to pull it off, he’s no Hugh Laurie. While Owen often times has a more severe look about him, that would be perfectly OK for more grim fare, I always felt that there’s an almost madcap nature to Laurie, just under the surface, which coupled with some of that acerbic bedside manner he displayed so brilliantly in House would have made him a great villain for this film.
His loss is really just one more nail in the coffin for me when it comes to this reboot. We’re going to need to see some footage to this soon, and it better be bloody impressive, because at this point it’s merely the strength of the rest of the cast (Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel) that’s even keeping the barest of slivers of hints of whispers of hope alive for me.
There’s no word yet on what the other names on that list are, but who would you like to see face off against Robocop? My personal choice is based on nothing more than he’s my favourite villainous actor of all time, but John Malkovitch would own this role.
Last Updated: August 27, 2012