This is not some True Detective-level casting rumor – Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are actually coming together on television.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hiddleston and Laurie are set to star in a limited-series adaptation of John le Carre’s 1993 espionage thriller, The Night Manager. BBC will air the series in the U.K. while Ink Factory will produce. While there is no U.S. network attached to the series yet, THR reports that networks are eyeing a straight-to-series pick-up. Hanna scribe David Farr will write the adaptation.
The Night Manager centers on Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier turned night auditor for a luxury hotel. Pine meets a French-Arab woman named Sophie, who gives him information on Richard Onslow Roper, a black market dealer who specializes in weapons, to turn over to British intelligence. Sophie’s betrayal to Roper gets her killed, and Pine becomes a spy with intelligence operatives in order to infiltrate Roper’s ring and avenge Sophie’s death. EW has confirmed that Hiddleston will play Pine and Laurie will play the antagonistic Roper.
This will be Hiddleston’s largest foray into television; the actor is currently in production for the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, where he will play Williams. This will mark Laurie’s return to TV after ending his eight-year run in 2012 as the titular Dr. House in House M.D.