The last we saw of Hugh Laurie, he was over in America playing the cynical and brutal Dr. Gregory House in the hugely popular (and aptly named) House; a series which saw Laurie become the highest paid actor on television for a time. He was in that role for 8 years and finished with the affair in 2012. Now, after almost 4 years, it seems Mr. Laurie is looking to return to TV drama in Chance, a new series based upon Kem Nunn‘s book of the same name.
The series follows Eldon Chance, a San Francisco forensic neuropsychiatrist, who’s life is turned upside-down in cases of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness after a dangerous encounter with an alluring patient (see? that’s why you should never have feelings for your patients). The series also witnesses Chance navigate a turbulent divorce and a fragmented family life; all of this adding up to an exploration of the greatest mystery of all: the human mind.
Also on board for the production are Lenny Abrahamson, director of Frank, and Nunn himself as a writer and executive producer. However this is not the only forthcoming series to feature Laurie as he is also appearing in an anglo-american adaption of the great John le Careé‘s The Night Manager. In this, he plays Richard Onslow Roper, an arms dealer whose circle ex-soldier-turned-intelligence operative Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) must infiltrate. That will hit the U.K. in February but for the moment Chance has no release date set.