British comedian Russell Brand will be hitting the big screen next month with the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spinoff Get Him to The Greek, and after that he’ll be taking on even more pre-existing material. We’re referring to the highly anticipated remake of the 1981 classic, Arthur. The original film starred Dudley Moore in the title role as a drunken playboy who falls in love with an unconventional woman. Brand recently opened up about his new role, and his talented female co-stars Dame Helen Mirren and indie darling Greta Gerwig…
I am looking forward to playing Arthur, I’m excited about it because I love Dudley Moore and my dad’s from the same place as him. Helen Mirren is playing the John Gielgud role as a nanny because remember I’m a person who tends towards more feminine things. I like women and that. I’m easier around women.
He went on to discuss his other leading lady, Greta Gerwig who will star as his love interest, a character previously played by Liza Minnelli in the original. He joked a bit that Minnelli would return to the film as his girlfriend but we knew he was kidding because Gerwig’s casting has already been announced. Plus, who wants to see him and Liza going at it? Eeeewww.
The love interest role with be reprised by Liza Minnelli. She will be revisiting that role and I am going to have an onset romance with that woman! Actually the role has been taken by the brilliant actress Greta Gerwig from the film Greenberg with Ben Stiller. She’s a very, very wonderful actor. I’m thrilled to be working with her. She’s excellent.
He also confirmed that he’s done some wardrobe fittings for the film and production should begin sometime in July. Until that happens you can get your Russell Brand fix in Get Him to the Greek when it hits theaters on June 4, 2010.
Are you interested in seeing the Arthur remake?