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.
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.
Arthur will arrive in theaters on April 8, 2011.
Source: Yahoo Movies