Hugh Laurie Might Star In Pirate Drama Series ‘Crossbones’
‘House’ has come to an end, but fans of Hugh Laurie might just get to see him in a news series on NBC. Turns out, Hugh Laurie is in talks to star in a new action-adventure series Crossbones, from Luther creator Neil Cross and feature producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Unlike House, where Brit Laurie played an American, he would be able to use his normal British accent in Crossbones as he plays the notorious English pirate Blackbeard.
The 10-episode Crossbones is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Laurie), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on earth — and a mounting threat to international commerce.
For the uninitiated, Hugh Laurie is an English actor, voice artist, comedian, writer, musician, recording artist and director. He first became known as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster from 1987 to 1999. From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr Gregory House, the protagonist of House, for which he received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and six Emmy nominations. He has been listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor ever in a TV Drama, earning £250,000 per episode in House, and for being the most watched leading man on television.
On 13 June 2012, it was announced that Laurie was in negotiations to play the villain in Robocop, a remake of the original Robocop film. These negotiations ultimately fell through and Laurie passed on the project. On 23 May 2007 Laurie was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours List, for his services to drama, by Queen Elizabeth II. In a 2006 interview, Laurie discussed his struggle with severe clinical depression in 1996. He continues to receive regular treatment from a psychotherapist.
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