Posted on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
A couple weeks ago, set photos were leaked online revealing that the Batmobile would be making an appearance in Arthur, the remake of the fan-favorite ’80s comedy. We originally thought that the cape crusader’s car being used in the film was a quick gag, but a week later, more set photos were posted online featuring stars Russell Brand and co-star Luis Guzman donning the costumes of Batman and Robin, respectively. But it turns out that Batman isn’t the only movie franchise being prominently being featured in the upcoming comedy remake. It looks like they are also featuring a DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future.
Click over to The Daily Mail Online to see more photos from the DeLorean shoot. Notice the license plate features the same letters as the plate from the Back to the Future trilogy, but with a New York License plate instead of California.
The original ’80s film focused on class, alcoholism and romance, and starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli. Brand is on board to play a wealthy drunk playboy who is set to “inherit a fortune if he marries an heiress his family thinks will make something out of him.” Helen Mirren will play Arthur’s longtime nanny, who replaces the valet character from the original film. John Gielgud won a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance as Arthur’s foil in the 1981 original. So it is possible that Mirren sees the same performance possibilities in this new character. Greta Gerwig (Greenberg, The House of the Devil) is signed on to play Liza Minelli’s old role, the charming blue-collar shoplifter who Arthur falls for. Jennifer Garner will play a character played by Jill Eikenberry in the original — the wealthy heiress “who’s insecure about her humble background and is about to marry the title character in an arranged marriage.” Nick Nolte co-stars.
Jason Winer, who executive produces and directs many episodes of the show Modern Family, is attached to direct. Peter Baynham, who works with Sacha Baron Cohen (he was a story writer on Borat and Bruno) is writing the script. Production is scheduled for a July start in New York City.