House Spoilers: What Oscar nominee is going to be House's patient?

We know Hugh Laurie is directing an upcoming episode. Turns out he was quite specific as to who he wanted as the POTW for his directorial debut.

EW's Ausiello reports that actor David Strathairn, Oscar nominee for Good Night, and Good Luck, was hand-picked by Laurie. “He’s a patient who has scenes with Dr. House,” explains executive producer Katie Jacobs. “I’m excited to [watch] the two of them in a room together.”

Laurie's episode, the season's 17th, will be a change of pace for the show. “I can’t give away the premise,” Jacobs says, “but the format is different.”