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Hugh Laurie in negotiations to play the villain in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland starring George Clooney

Feb. 13, 2013by: Paul Shirey

House M.D. actor Hugh Laurie, who earlier dropped out of a villainous role in Jose Padilha's ROBOCOP remake, is now in negotiations to play the lead villain in director Brad Bird's TOMORROWLAND.  No details on the role are available, only that he would play the antagonist.  Formerly titled 1952, TOMORROWLAND is scripted by Damon Lindelof (Lost, PROMETHEUS) and thus far has cast George Clooney in the lead role (again, not specified as to whom he'd be playing). 

Lindelof and Bird have Tweeted pics of a mysterious box (below) that contains a slew of old photographs and memorabilia, which have been analyzed extensively by the Disney fan club D23, who came to the conclusion that TOMORROWLAND "is actually about Walt Disney's involvement with an Army project to let the world know that UFOs really exist."  The full research and speculative report can be read over at Indiewire, which is pretty compelling, although I'd caution against it if you wish to remain "pure" of spoilers, even if unconfirmed.

Lindelof has stated via Twitter that the film is "NOT about aliens," which can be read literally.  He didn't say it isn't about U.F.O.'s.  We've got a long haul until TOMORROWLAND debuts and I'm sure there will be much more hints and teases leading up to it as pre-production gets underway.

TOMORROWLAND opens on December 19, 2014

Extra Tidbit: Hugh Laurie is definitely an actor I'd like to see in more films. He was pretty solid in David Ayer's Street Kings, but I think a great villain role would be right up his alley. Maybe another Gruber brother for Die Hard 6?

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2:39PM on 02/14/2013

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Totally agree that Laurie needs more film action..looking forward to it
Totally agree that Laurie needs more film action..looking forward to it
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11:03PM on 02/13/2013
Hmm, the plot synopsis seems to imply this just might be a "Beethoven was an alien spy" plot, like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - with Walt Disney and aliens. That could work if they have fun with it and don't get too reverential. Of course, it's too early to call, but Hugh Laurie is always a good thing.
Hmm, the plot synopsis seems to imply this just might be a "Beethoven was an alien spy" plot, like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - with Walt Disney and aliens. That could work if they have fun with it and don't get too reverential. Of course, it's too early to call, but Hugh Laurie is always a good thing.
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3:52PM on 02/13/2013
The problem Laurie has now is that he's Doctor House. SO MANY people only see him as House. The guy is talented as hell and really just needs something to change the perspective. A great villainous role here could potentially do that for him by going against Clooney. Look at Bryan Cranston. Everyone was laughing at him being cast in Breaking Bad because of Malcolm in the Middle. Look at him now. Laurie has that potential. He just needs the right role.
The problem Laurie has now is that he's Doctor House. SO MANY people only see him as House. The guy is talented as hell and really just needs something to change the perspective. A great villainous role here could potentially do that for him by going against Clooney. Look at Bryan Cranston. Everyone was laughing at him being cast in Breaking Bad because of Malcolm in the Middle. Look at him now. Laurie has that potential. He just needs the right role.
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4:35PM on 02/13/2013
At least Laurie's a Brit w range.

Clooney's become a mega star by playing his ER character forever now....
At least Laurie's a Brit w range.

Clooney's become a mega star by playing his ER character forever now....
4:36PM on 02/13/2013
At least Laurie's a Brit w range.

Clooney's become a mega star by playing his ER character forever now....
At least Laurie's a Brit w range.

Clooney's become a mega star by playing his ER character forever now....
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2:53PM on 02/13/2013
Meh. Servicable actor (I know he gets a lot of love on here) but just seems totally mediocre to me in comparison to Clooney and Bird.
Meh. Servicable actor (I know he gets a lot of love on here) but just seems totally mediocre to me in comparison to Clooney and Bird.
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2:51PM on 02/13/2013
Would be a great role for Laurie and chance for him to finally break into movies.
Would be a great role for Laurie and chance for him to finally break into movies.
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2:43PM on 02/13/2013

heh

"Who earlier dropped out of a villainous role in Jose Padilha's ROBOCOP remake." I'm guessing Hugh Laurie is going to be thanking his agent for that soon enough.
"Who earlier dropped out of a villainous role in Jose Padilha's ROBOCOP remake." I'm guessing Hugh Laurie is going to be thanking his agent for that soon enough.
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2:42PM on 02/13/2013
I think he could be great in a villain role so count me in.
I think he could be great in a villain role so count me in.
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2:20PM on 02/13/2013
I know its a long shot but I got a theory it has something to do with "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".
I know its a long shot but I got a theory it has something to do with "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".
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