Funnyman Hugh Laurie will battle RoboCop in a remake of the classic 1987 thriller.
The 53-year-old actor is to star as a ruthless company chairman in the film.
It’s his first role since Hugh filmed the final episode his quirky medical drama series House.
His cruel character in RoboCop — head of fiction weapons developer Omnicorp — is responsible for the creation of the cyborg policeman.
Last night, an insider revealed: "It's a real change for Hugh. House [Laurie's character in House] was always a bit of a bastard but he was a nice guy underneath his abrasive exterior.
"This guy has no redeeming features whatsoever."
Joel Kinnaman — who appears in critically acclaimed drama The Killing — will take over the role of RoboCop.
Stunning Aussie beauty Abbie Cornish will play his wife and Gary Oldman will play the scientist who creates the metallic crime-fighter.