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Hugh Laurie up for Robocop villain role? Oh yes!

June 13th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Once again we are reporting that the remake that had us all horrified a couple of months ago – Robocop – is now shaping up to be cooler than we could hever have believed!

We’ve been reporting over the last few weeks that Gary Oldman has signed on to play the scientist/doctor who creates Robocop, that Samuel L Jackson is onboard as a media mogul, that Joel Kinnaman is to play Robocop, but for our money, in the original Paul Verhoeven movie, the best role and the best character was Clarence Boddicker. The evilest, vilest villain ever put on screen and played to perfection by Kurtwood Smith.
So, we’ll not lie, we’ve been pondering on who would play Boddicker – or the main villain – in this reboot… a few names came to mind (we wondered if Oldman was in the role secretly), but none as inspired as Hugh Laurie. Yes, the Hollywood Reporter are saying that Laurie, best known as House these days, is up for the role and we have to say, we think this is fantastic.
Now, while we by no means believe Paul Verhoeven’s fantastic 1987 movie can ever be topped and although we haven’t seen or heard a wimper of a script yet, we are really anticipating a fun re-imagining here.
So far director Jose Padilha has been handed a gift… everything announced so far has felt right. Could this be the remake to break the mould? Fingers crossed…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….