Hugh Laurie Could Trade Cane for Peg Leg in NBC Pirate Drama ‘Crossbones’

Hugh Laurie

Whatever Hugh Laurie does next, it’s going to have the long, dark shadow of House cast upon it. Playing such a distinct character for such a long and generally favored period of time is going to stick an actor with some rigid connotations — Laurie’s Dr. Gregory House will stay with him for a long time, possibly impeding on his success with future roles. But if the news about Laurie joining the developing NBC pirate-themed drama Crossbones comes to fruition, then it could be, perhaps, a great method of combating this sort of anchor.

As of now, Entertainment Weekly reports that Laurie is in talks for the role of infamous pirate Blackbeard, and Hollywood.com has reached out to Laurie’s reps for confirmation. Such a thick, pronounced and vivid character as Blackbeard (real name Edward Teach) is the best way to eschew criticism of just “rehashing House” in a new setting. Barring a few odd similarities (we’re bound to see some of the ol’ doc’s cantankery come into play), Blackbeard could be far enough from Dr. House to establish a new beginning to Laurie’s career.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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