If you only know Hugh Laurie from his work on the FOX series House, you'd be forgiven for not knowing that he's actually an Englishman. Now that House is coming to an end, The Hollywood Reporter says Laurie is teaming with former comedy cohort Stephen Fry for a new animated film based on Oscar Wilde's story, The Canterville Ghost.
Fry stars as the title character, Sir Simon de Canterville, a 300 year old ghost, while Laurie stars as his nemesis, a lowly gardener who is revealed to be Death himself. Set in rural England at the end of the nineteenth century, it tells the tale of Canterville who, for hundreds of years has been haunting Canterville Chase. Everything changes when an American family - the Otises from Boston - buys Canterville Chase and moves in.
Sounds like a typical haunting comedy (Beetlejuice, etc.), but with Laurie taking a turn from the dramatic back into the comedic, perhaps it will be something worth checking out for fans of the stoic doctor character he's played for so many years. I haven't seen any of his previous work with Fry, but I've heard the two work well together, and they've been trying to find a project to reunite on for years.
Kim Burdon is directing this film, and a Christmas 2014 release date is expected. Have you seen any of Laurie and Fry's collaborations? Looking forward to this one?