Helen Mirren Joining Russell Brand in That 'Arthur' Remake
by Ethan Anderton
April 22, 2010
As much hate as I have for plenty of remakes coming around the bend, I will admit that this remake of the classic 1981 Dudley Moore comedy Arthur definitely has my interest, if only because this remake seems tailored for British comedian Russell Brand. Well now a great dame has joined the cast as THR reports that Helen Mirren will star in this Jason Winer directed remake. In the original film, Arthur's valet (portrayed by John Gielgud, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance) is an integral part to the story and Arthur's life, but in this update, that role has been turned into Arthur's nanny to be played by Mirren.
This remake will be an updated version of the original story which followed a boozy playboy rascal (Brand) who is set to inherit a fortune only if he marries an heiress his family thinks will make something out of him. Since the original film received so many awards and accolades (two Oscars, four Golden Globes), the remake has a lot to live up to, but since comedy's appeal to audiences changes every decade or so, the update should be an unique take on a familiar story. As a fan of both Russell Brand's comedy and Helen Mirren's acting prowess, this should be quite an interesting combination of talent. Anyone else like the sound of this?