Hugh Laurie to Return to TV with ‘The Night Manager’
Three years following his portrayal of the brilliant but drug-dependent Dr. Gregory House on “House,” which ran for eight seasons on FOX, Hugh Laurie is set to make a comeback to the small screen. The actor is reportedly being eyed for one of the lead roles in “The Night Manager,” which he will star opposite Tom Hiddleston. Read on to learn more.
As reported by BBC, “The Night Manager,” which is based on the espionage novel written by John le Carré, will be adapted by David Farr and The Ink Factory into a six-part series for BBC One. The story, which centers on a man named Jonathan Pine, is about a hotel night auditor who used to be a British soldier. When he comes across a woman named Sophie and an English black marketer named Richard Onslow Roper, who specializes in arms and weapons, then his fate starts to change. Pine is tasked to infiltrate Roper’s secret gang of lethal criminals, after Sophie, who gives him incriminating documents about Roper, turns up dead.
According to the same news, the last time BBC adapted one of the novels written by le Carré was nearly 30 years ago with “A Perfect Spy,” which aired on the British network in 1987. The author’s other work, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” was turned into a feature length film in 2012. The author used to work as an MI5 and MI6 officer before becoming a novelist.
“We are delighted to be bringing John le Carré back to the BBC. The Night Manager is a rich, layered and exciting book. David Farr’s approach to the adaptation does full justice to the original in a thoroughly contemporary context, and brings its own unique energy to the piece,” said The Ink Factory’s Simon Cornwell in the BBC report.
“The Night Manager” was first published in 1993 and became an instant bestseller. The production company is also looking into broadcasting the show in the United States, and should the deal happen, this would mark Laurie’s return to U.S. television following a successful Emmy-nominated stint as Dr. House. For Hiddleston, meanwhile, if the “The Night Manager” would get to snag an American broadcast, it would be his second biggest role in the U.S. to date. The actor is most familiar to the American audience for the “Thor” movies.
We’ll keep bringing you the latest on John le Carre’s “The Night Manager,” which has picked Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston as lead stars, only here on Movie News Guide (MNG), so keep checking for updates.
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