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Brand Set for 'Drop Dead Fred' Remake

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Apr 29, 2009 | 11:13am EDT

British funnyman Russell Brand has signed up to star in a remake of cult comedy Drop Dead Fred -- as an imaginary friend.

Brand will star in a new adaptation of the 1991 film, which originally featured Brit comedian Rik Mayall and actress Phoebe Cates.

The film tells the tale of a woman who returns to her parents' home after she is fired from her job and dumped by her husband, only to be reacquainted with her anarchic childhood imaginary pal.

And it's not the only remake the star has in the pipeline -- he has also landed a role in the upcoming re-interpretation of Dudley Moore's 1981 hit Arthur.

Confirming the news on his Twitter page, Brand says, "Drop Dead Fred - true. Arthur - true, Kinky Bible - a film I will never make."

The original Drop Dead Fred failed to set the box office alight, only taking $13.9 million, but went on to become a cult hit. Arthur fared much better its first time around -- earning $82 million.

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