Veep creator to send Hugh Laurie to space in sci-fi comedy from HBO


House alum Hugh Laurie is set to star in a new pilot for HBO by Veep creator Armando Iannucci.

In the sci-fi comedy, called Avenue 5, British actor Hugh Laurie plays the suave and confident American space captain of Avenue 5, Ryan Clark. HBO ordered the pilot along with several backup scripts last September, saying at the time that the comedy would take place in the future with most of the action set in space.

Iannucci and Laurie have worked together before when Laurie appeared as Tom James on the HBO political satire Veep, which Iannucci created. While Iannucci left the series after Season 4, Laurie played his role, a vice presidential candidate, in Seasons 4 through 6.

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Although Laurie is a talented comedic actor, he’s best known to American audiences for more serious roles. His performance on the medical drama House as the antisocial title character Dr. Gregory House, which lasted eight seasons on Fox, propelled him to stardom. More recently, he won a Golden Globe for his work as the sadistic arms dealer Richard Roper on the limited series The Night Manager.

Since leaving Veep, Iannucci wrote the screenplay for the well-received movie The Death of Stalin. He also wrote, produced, and directed the forthcoming film The Personal History of David Copperfield, in which Laurie also appears. Avenue 5 will be Iannucci’s first time teaming with HBO on a series since he exited Veep.

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Not much else is known about the show or the role Laurie will play, and no additional casting news about the pilot has been announced.

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Source: TVLine