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Helen Mirren Joins Russell Brand In 'Arthur' Remake

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Apr 22, 2010 | 10:04am EDT

Helen MirrenSource: The Hollywood Reporter

In what might be a real life clash of British titans, Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Academy Award winner Helen Mirren opposite Russell Brand in their remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore hit, Arthur, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The original movie centered on a boozy playboy who is set to inherit a fortune if he marries an heiress his family thinks will make something out of him. However, he falls in love with a working-class woman and turns to his valet for help when his family makes him choose between money and love.

Mirren will play Brand's valet, the role originally portrayed by John Gielgud, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance. The gender switch up doesn't bother us in the least; having an actress of her caliber in the production raises our interest in a project that we previously felt neither here now there about.

Peter Baynham has written the screenplay for the remake, which is being produced by Larry Brezner, Kevin McCormick and Chris Bender.

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