“Fresh from his turn as backstabbing U.S. senator Tom James in HBO’s hit satire Veep, Hugh Laurie is taking his political chops back over the Atlantic,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The story says that Laurie “is set to take the lead in the upcoming political thriller ‘Roadkill’ for the BBC, written by David Hare.”
Hare is “best known for his stage work [and] has also enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for writing ‘The Hours’ in 2002, [and] ‘The Reader’ in 2008,” according to Wikipedia, which adds that Hare also had a big success with the play “Plenty,” “which he adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep in 1985.”
Notes THR, “‘Roadkill’ is a four-part fictional thriller about a self-made, forceful and charismatic Conservative politician called Peter Laurence (Laurie), whose public and private life seems to be falling apart — or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda while others plot to bring him down. However, events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever outrun his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?”