Jennifer Garner and Nick Nolte are in talks to join the already impressive cast of Warner Bros’ remake of 1981’s Arthur. Russell Brand stars as “a very rich, happy drunk who is told by his mother that he must marry the wealthy girl of her choosing or else lose his inheritance.” Helen Mirren is the drunken billionaire’s valet and confidante, while Greta Gerwig has signed on to play the primary love interest. According to THR, Garner would play the heiress whom Arthur is supposed to marry, while Nolte would portray her deeply religious father. Jason Winer (Modern Family) will direct the comedy from a script by Peter Baynham (Borat).
Nolte will next be seen as an alcoholic former boxer Warrior, which debuts on September 17th. Garner just wrapped on the indie political satire Butter. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the Oscar-winning original.
When you get caught between the moon and New York City (ahem), chances are you’ll find yourself taking another look at this hit comedy starring Oscar-nominated Dudley Moore as the charmingly witty, perpetually drunken millionaire Arthur Bach. Arthur falls in love with a waitress (Liza Minnelli) who doesn’t care about his money, but unfortunately Arthur’s stern father wants him to marry a Waspy prima donna.
The young lush turns to his wise and loyal butler (Oscar-winner John Gielgud) for assistance and advice. Arthur was a huge hit when released in 1981, as was its Oscar-winning theme song by Christopher Cross. Few remember that the movie was, sadly, the only one ever made by writer-director Steve Gordon, who died less than a year after the film’s release. Consistently funny and heartwarming, Arthur was hailed as a tribute to the great romantic comedies of the 1930s.