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Hugh Laurie out of Robocop, Clive Owen to replace him?

08.24.2012

Hugh Laurie was never confirmed to join the cast of the ROBOCOP remake coming next year but now he is "definitely out". Rumors had him playing the villain of the film while other reports listed him as playing the head of the facility where Murphy would be transformed into the titular ROBOCOP.

Deadline reports that there is a small group of actors being considered to fill Laurie's role, including Clive Owen. Seeing as Owen and Laurie share physical similarities, the change would be fairly transparent. If anything, Owen would make me more excited for the movie than Laurie did.

ROBOCOP already boasts an impressive cast that includes THE KILLING's Joel Kinnaman in the lead along with ary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle and Michael K. Williams. Director Jose Padilha already has enough on his plate satiating fans of the original film while making something fresh for today's audiences. If the TOTAL RECALL remake is any indication, they should try and stay closer to the original source.

ROBOCOP will hit theaters in 2013.

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Source: Deadline

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9:21AM on 08/25/2012
"Owen would make me more excited for the movie than Laurie did."
Go fuck yourself.
"Owen would make me more excited for the movie than Laurie did."
Go fuck yourself.
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6:53AM on 08/25/2012

Kudos to Laurie!

I hope the rest of the cast will come to their senses and follow suit. As for Clive Owen, I say he deserves better and I have the feeling he'll be the only one who's career will survive this souless-clone of a movie
I hope the rest of the cast will come to their senses and follow suit. As for Clive Owen, I say he deserves better and I have the feeling he'll be the only one who's career will survive this souless-clone of a movie
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8:26PM on 08/29/2012
|Paaaaahlease. A movie starring Sam Jackson and Gary Oldman and you choose |Clive Owen as the one whose "career will surive". Get the fuck outta here. ALL of their careers will survive this.

Stop being so fucking over dramatic. Jesus.
|Paaaaahlease. A movie starring Sam Jackson and Gary Oldman and you choose |Clive Owen as the one whose "career will surive". Get the fuck outta here. ALL of their careers will survive this.

Stop being so fucking over dramatic. Jesus.
4:27AM on 08/25/2012
A great deal of my interest in this reboot followed Hugh Laurie out the door.
A great deal of my interest in this reboot followed Hugh Laurie out the door.
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9:07PM on 08/24/2012
Sorry about the triple post!
Sorry about the triple post!
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8:41PM on 08/24/2012

I like Clive Owen

He had a good stretch of good films (Sin City, Closer, Children of Men, etc.) from 2004 to 2007. But since then, his films have ranged from bad to mediocre. And this looks like to be rock bottom for him. It's a shame, since he's got A-list talent, but keeps getting C-list scripts.
He had a good stretch of good films (Sin City, Closer, Children of Men, etc.) from 2004 to 2007. But since then, his films have ranged from bad to mediocre. And this looks like to be rock bottom for him. It's a shame, since he's got A-list talent, but keeps getting C-list scripts.
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8:36PM on 08/24/2012

I like Clive Owen

He had a good stretch of good films (Sin City, Closer, Children of Men, etc.) from 2004 to 2007. But since then, his films have ranged from bad to mediocre. And this looks like to be rock bottom for him. It's a shame, since he's got A-list talent, but keeps getting C-list scripts.
He had a good stretch of good films (Sin City, Closer, Children of Men, etc.) from 2004 to 2007. But since then, his films have ranged from bad to mediocre. And this looks like to be rock bottom for him. It's a shame, since he's got A-list talent, but keeps getting C-list scripts.
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8:21PM on 08/24/2012
I normally don't judge beforehand, but I have a sickening feeling about this. It seems like their trying to find their own path but then you hear about all the cheesy homage one-liners. I don't think there's enough clear-headed talent on this.
I normally don't judge beforehand, but I have a sickening feeling about this. It seems like their trying to find their own path but then you hear about all the cheesy homage one-liners. I don't think there's enough clear-headed talent on this.
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7:34PM on 08/24/2012
With that BRUTAL script review and now my favorite Dr. House is out, I have to say my interest level for this remake (however meager they were) has gone back to the very beginning, which is basically frowning scepticism & almost zero expectation. It's still very likely that the remake will surprise us and will leave a high mark, but I'm not holding my breath here. Force of habit.

And, no, I love Clive Owen, but Hugh Laurie will always come on top between the two. To me anyway.
With that BRUTAL script review and now my favorite Dr. House is out, I have to say my interest level for this remake (however meager they were) has gone back to the very beginning, which is basically frowning scepticism & almost zero expectation. It's still very likely that the remake will surprise us and will leave a high mark, but I'm not holding my breath here. Force of habit.

And, no, I love Clive Owen, but Hugh Laurie will always come on top between the two. To me anyway.
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