Hugh Laurie, Ben Affleck, and Gary Oldman Make Movie Exits

Ben Affleck on the set of The Town (2010) Movie Image

When I can group news bits from very disparate movies and put them into one themed post, I’m a very happy man. So, here are three bits of news from three totally very different movies to get you caught up…

First up, despite Warner Bros. making it publicly known that they’d sure like Affleck to direct the JL movie for them, Affleck has officially turned it down. Or never entertained the idea to begin with. Either way, Batman, Superman, and the rest of the Justice Leaguers will just have to find someone else to direct them.

Speaking to some Canadian types this week, Affleck had this to say about the gig:

I’m not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that’s how rumours get started. Justice League sounds really exciting, but it’s not something I’m working on.

So there you have it. No “Justice League” movie for Ben Affleck. [24H]

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE TV SeriesMeanwhile, MGM will have to do some replacement searching of their own. Except they’ll be losing Hugh Laurie for their “Robocop” remake, with the “House” actor officially out of the sci-fi reboot.

Laurie was supposed to play the CEO of OmniCorp, the omnipresent corporation in the future that builds Robocop from the remains of Detroit city cop Alex Murphy. In the world of “Robocop”, OmniCorp is both a major benefactor and a major source of evildoing, but they sure make great commercials.

No word on why Laurie ditched futuristic Detroit, but I suspect scheduling conflicts had a little something to do with it.

MGM is now looking at a small group of actors, including Clive Owen, to replace Laurie. They will co-star alongside Joel Kinnaman as Robocop, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish and Jay Baruchel, and Gary Oldman.

Jose Padilha is directing. [Deadline]

Speaking of Gary Oldman, the actor is making his own exit from a movie — this time as the bad guy in Albert Hughes’ revenge thriller “Motor City”.

Oldman was supposed to play the film’s main villain, but will now be replaced by Adrien Brody, who is in talks to sign up alongside star Gerard Butler, playing an ex-con who begins tracking down the men who framed him.

Yes, that old story again. [Variety]

Adrien Brody in Wrecked (2011) Movie Image