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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.

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A little over a week 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. At the time it seemed likely that the car’s presence in the film wouldn’t amount to anything more than a quick gag, but now more set photos have arrived to arouse further speculation.

Looks like it’s not just the Batmobile showing up in the film. Russell Brand and co-star Luis Guzman will also be donning the costumes of Batman and Robin, respectively. Check out the pics after the break.

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First Look: Russell Brand as Arthur

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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?

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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 »

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