“We were doing ‘Ivanov’ in the West End in London and Tom Hiddleston very kindly used to lead a warm up for us every night which was was lovely. It was a chance for the whole cast to get together and have a laugh before we went on. I was playing opposite Ken Branagh and I remember the day that we found out that Obama was elected — we used to do this warm up that Tom created that was called ‘Big Booty.’ We had to jump around singing ‘Big Booty,’ ‘Big Booty,’ ‘Big Booty,’ ‘Big Booty,’ and like shake our ass. And all of us were a wreck in London’s West End on those days jiggling our asses about. It was ridiculous — including Ken Branagh, if you can imagine that. And the day that Obama got elected, you know, one of many moments I remember in my life where I shared it with a company of actors in a theater. And we all danced around the stage, and instead of ‘Big Booty’ we said ‘O-bama,’ ‘O-bama,’ ‘O-bama,’ ‘O-bama.’”—
Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston are coming to TV in an espionage drama.
The duo are to star in a TV adaptation of John le Carre's The Night Manager, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, with WME fielding multiple offers from U.S. networks for a straight-to-series pickup.
The drama is being developed in partnership with the BBC, who will air the series in the U.K. Ink Factory (A Most Wanted Man) is producing. David Farr (Hanna, Spooks) will pen the adaptation.
Published in 1993, le Carre’s Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier-turned-night luxurious hotel night auditor. Pine crosses paths with a French-Arab woman named Sophie with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black marketer who specializes in weapons. The woman provides Pine with incriminating documents, which he forwards to a friend in British intelligence. After Sophie winds up dead, Pine works with intelligence operatives and goes undercover as part of a sting against Roper to avenge Sophie’s death.
For Laurie, the role would mark the in-demand actor’s return to TV following his Emmy-nominated run on Fox’s House. He’s repped by WME, the U.K.’s Hamilton Hodell and Ziffren Brittenham.
The role will mark box office star Hiddleston’s largest U.S. TV role to date. The Thorand Avengers star previously starred in British black comedy Suburban Shootout, Wallander and more recently had voice roles on Robot Chicken and Family Guy. He’s repped by WME, the U.K.’s Hamilton Hodell, Authentic Talent and Literary and Peikoff Mahan.
Farr is with Paradigm and the U.K.’s Curtis Brown Group.
For le Carre, Night Manager would mark his latest TV foray joining Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Perfect Spy, A Murder of Quality and more. On the film side, his adaptations include A Most Wanted Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold and more.