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Ah, strike one from the phenomenal cast of the 'Robocop' remake. For a while now, the reports out of Jose Padilha's remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic cyborg police officer opus have been focused on the impressive roster of actors it had attracted. Among this all-star lineup were names like Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, and Hugh Laurie. Well, it now appears that Dr. House has surgically removed himself from the equation. Laurie was to play the head of the infamous Omi Corp, but has decided to leave the project. The studio is scrambling to find a replacement and rumor has it they might be talking to Clive Owen. No word yet on when an official deal may surface there.
Dammit! I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to seeing Hugh Laurie step into the Dick Jones-type role. He has such a natural contempt and can project a snide lack of amiability when called upon. He would have made a terrific villain for this film. It's strange that a movie this close to the beginning of shooting would not have finalized the contracts of its principle players, but perhaps it was in the attempt to do so that something went awry here. Obviously, there is still a lot of talent in this cast, but as we movie fans know well, the villain is one of the most important aspects of any story. Frankly, I'm hoping the Clive Owen rumor is precisely that, a rumor. I don't seem him as a viable option for this role. It's too bad they already have Gary Oldman locked in to that scientist role, as he has demonstrated time and time again a knack for cinematic villainy.
What do you guys think? Disappointed Laurie is out? Who would you choose as his replacement?