Russell Brand’s ‘Arthur’ Trailer Arrives in a Batmobile

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:41 pm,

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British comedian Russell Brand became a break-out name with his charming performance as the lovable, but totally bonkers, rockstar Aldous Snow in the Judd Apatow/Nicholas Stoller comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Brand is practically a household name, as a result of his irreverent persona, high-profile relationship, as well as starring roles in the Sarah Marshall spin-off Get Him to the Greek, The Tempest, and the upcoming Arthur remake. Warner Bros. and Summit Entertainment have released the latest trailer for Arthur – which features a cameo appearance by the Batman Forever Batmobile.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Arthur remake, or never got a chance to see the original, check out the official synopsis below:

Irresponsible charmer Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren) to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge–choosing between an arranged marriage that will ensure his lavish lifestyle or an uncertain future with the one thing money can’t buy, Naomi (Greta Gerwig), the only woman he has ever loved. With Naomi’s inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and finally learn what it means to become a man, in this re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy “Arthur.”

Watch the official trailer for Arthur below:

The original Arthur hit theaters in 1981 and starred Dudley Moore as the titular character, Liza Minnelli as Arthur’s true-love Linda, and John Gielgud as his valet (and substitute father-figure). The film opened to critical acclaim as well as commercial success and remains a go-to movie for fans of the irreverent but heartfelt style of comedies in the 1980s.

Obviously there have been some not-so-subtle changes to the source material, most notably to the role of Hobson, who no longer stands in for Arthur’s father but serves as a foil for Arthur’s domineering mother. Arthur, himself has undergone some character-tweaks as well, lessing his penchant for alcohol and ramping up his naive and spoiled man-child. The part isn’t exactly a change of pace for Brand but it should offer plenty of fertile comedy ground for the actor.

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Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach

Given Dudley Moore’s iconic performance as Arthur, Brand will certainly have to find a way to capitalize on the source material while offering a different version of the character. That said, the combination of a more intriguing dynamic between Brand’s callous mother and his doting nanny coupled with the, likely, possibility that this Arthur is a coming of age tale – could make for a competent, albeit unsurprising, modern remake.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know what you think of the trailer.

Arthur will arrive in theaters on April 8, 2011.

Source: Yahoo Movies

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  1. Wow! That looks like it got some pretty good potential!

    And I don’t even like RB.

  2. I hate remakes. But I like Russell Brand.

    I’m conflicted.

    • Dont fight the feeling Dr. Sam… Dont fight it.

    • @ DSB

      I can’t stand RB but this actually looks genuinely funny.

      I too am conflicted. :-)

  3. This MIGHT actually be good. Haven’t seen the original though.

    • Dudley Moore plays a great comic drunk… and you’ll barely recognize Liza Minelli compared to the freak now parading around in her over-sized skin.

  4. russell brand, helen mirren and most importantly, greta gerwig… i am absolutely sold, and this actually looks genuinely funny, i think the role is very well suited to russell

  5. that guy is a jerk, ill never spend a penny on any movie he’s in.

  6. Russell Brand is an A-HOLE and I will never watch any film with him in it.

  7. For that whole trailer there was nothing in it that held any impulse or urge to see it.

  8. Why does hollywood keep ruining movies from my childhood?

  9. Well, it looks pretty solid, plus the trailer has 2 Bowie songs in it. So, I’m there.

  10. No way will i subject myself to this cowpat of a movie. Brand sucks, and changing Hobson into a woman is ludicrous. And incidentally, who the hell needs the idiots who run Holy Wood telling them how to be a man? I hope the whole thing dies screaming.

  11. dudley moore is rolling in his grave

  12. They re-made the wrong 80s movie with Russell Brand!!! A while ago I remember reading that it was rumored they were remaking Drop Dead Fred and Brand was attached as the lead which would be breathtakingly perfect casting. While this doesn’t look terrible and Brand does seem to fit the character well it just would have been that much BETTER if it was the alternative (which now will probably never happen).

    Oh well, will prob still end up seeing this one.

    • “they were remaking Drop Dead Fred and Brand was attached as the lead”

      Now that i can see working, and at least they wouldn’t be messing with a classic.

  13. looks funny as hell

  14. I have a small bit of hope for this. But it doesn’t look like something I will check out in the cinema. Blu-ray for sure…

  15. Once you move past the fact that this film will not match the orginal, this version appears genuinely funny, with some interesting relationship dynamics. Keep the jokes fresh and not crass, and we may get a decent comedy. Would make a nice change!

  16. OK… I have to say I love the following lines:

    “Who makes that kind of committment to a shoe?”

    “That kiss was decidedly German.”

    “I can see your tummy.”

  17. Nah….