Hugh Laurie, a familiar face from his years playing the title role on the hit medical drama “House,” will star in a new comedy series on HBO, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
“The Emmy-nominated ‘Veep’ alum has been tapped to star in ‘Avenue 5,’ the space comedy from Armando Iannucci,” THR reports. “The project, which currently has a pilot commitment and order for backup scripts, is set in the future, mostly in space. Laurie will take on the role of Ryan Clark, the charming and in-control American captain of the Avenue 5. Iannucci created the series and will executive produce.”
THR adds: “The casting expands Laurie’s relationship with ‘Veep’ creator Iannucci after the actor had a recurring guest role in the fourth season of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy and completed production in the writer-producer’s feature film ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield.'”