First Look: Russell Brand as Arthur


Splash News has gotten the first shot of a beardless Russell Brand in costume/make-up for the upcoming remake of the 1981 comedy Arthur. Production is currently under way in New York City.

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The Batmobile in Arthur?


You may have thought you saw the last of Batman Forever‘s rendition of the Batmobile (because, honestly, why wouldn’t you have?), but it looks as though it will have one last hurrah in Warner Bros. upcoming Arthur remake, which began shooting today in downtown Manhattan.

For those who don’t recall, the original Arthur came out in 1981, and starred Dudley Moore as a booze-happy playboy who’s the heir to a vast fortune—one which he’s at risk of losing when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like. Russell Brand (who played the lovable self-involved British rock star Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek) is taking on the Moore role for the remake, and Greta Gerwig will play his love interest. Also starring in the film is Jennifer Garner, Helen Mirren, and Nick Nolte.

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Arthur casting

Variety is reporting that Jennifer Garner and Nick Nolte are in talks to join Russell Brand in the remake of the 1981 comedy Arthur. The original ’80s film focused on class, alcoholism and romance, and starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli. 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.”

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It’s breakout time for Greta Gerwig. She had a slightly (very slightly) more mainstream part than usual in Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg and a great little role in The House of the Devil (pictured above). Now there’s a report that she is in talks to take Liza Minelli’s old role in the brewing remake of Arthur. Russell Brand is already set up with Dudley Moore role, as a drunk, self-indulgent playboy who falls for a charming blue-collar shoplifter (that would be Gerwig), while Helen Mirren is reportedly taking the droll role butler played by John Gielgud.

On one hand, this remake seems utterly absurd and pointless. On the other, Gerwig is a fantastic choice for the part. She’s the first aspect of this equation that has made me thing, “yeah, ok, I might see that.” [Deadline]

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Helen Mirren

The Hollywood Reporter has word that Helen Mirren will be joining Russell Brand in the remake of the 1981 comedy Arthur. The original ’80s film focused on class, alcoholism and romance, and starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli.

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I’m not sure what your reaction was upon hearing that Arthur, the ‘classic’ ’80s tale of class, alcoholism and romance starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli, was being remade. Mine was something along the lines of “…why?”

The charismatic and free-spirited Russell Brand is taking on the role of a wealthy drunk staring down the barrel of an arranged marriage, and that might work. Now the film has a director: Jason Winer, who exec produces and directs many episodes of the show Modern Family. Read More »


Roger Friedman is reporting a rumour that the team remaking Arthur are keen to bag Meryl Streep for a role. The part in question would be the do-over’s equivalent of the valet played by John Gielgud in the original and despite the sex change, they’d still be using the name Hobson for the character, at least per Friedman.

Russell Brand has been cast as the titular Arthur, and Borat and Bruno co-writer Peter Baynham is writing the script. I’m sure he’s come up with something far, far better than Steve Gordon’s original. I’ve got a lot of love for Baynham, Brand and Streep… will they appoint a director of comparable calibre? Here’s hoping.

Whispers on the grapevine suggest that Arthur is one of a couple of upcoming films that have prevented Brand taking a role in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film…. Just silly talk, I think. I think.


The screenwriter for the Russell Brand remake of Arthur has been announced in Variety, and it’s Peter from Balham – sometime collaborator of Chris Morris, Sacha Baron Cohen and Lee and Herring. Peter Baynham isn’t exactly comedy royalty in the UK – more like a secret power behind the thrones – but is, not to put too fine a point on it, incredibly funny.

And now to change the subject rather drastically, I’m afraid. There are two jokes in the original Arthur, by my count: one is alcoholism, the other is the pronunciation of profanities in posh RP and despite them being repeated over and over and over for the full running time, neither of these ever threatens to be the mildest bit amusing. Watching stars Dudley Moore, John Gielgud and Liza Minelli (each of whom has done at least two other pieces of work I truly adore) flop around in Steve Gordon’s slow-draining cinematic sewage was painful enough that I’ve attacked the TV in a violent hurry to switch channels whenever I’ve bumped back into the movie by mistake.

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