Warner Bros. Bets Big on Russell Brand for Yet another Super-Star Playboy Movie

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For a guy who hasn’t opened a movie in America and has almost no name-recognition among audiences stateside, Warner Bros. has a lot of confidence in British comedian Russell Brand.  He’s best known to U.S. audiences for his role as rock star Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and when U.S. audiences see him again, he’ll be playing that exact same role for the spin-off Get Him to the Greek, which hits theaters on June 4th.  Brand is also attached to star in a remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film Arthur.

Now Deadline is reporting that WB is paying “mid-6 against high-6 figures” for a pitch by William and Scott Bindley where Brand would star as, “David Beckham-like millionaire soccer star/playboy who gets arrested in a West Texas and sentenced to community service. His task: coach the hapless local high school soccer team in a Friday Night Lights town.”  So he’s already being typecast and has yet to headline a single film.  But he did get to host the Video Music Awards a couple years back and we all don’t remember that.  Maybe he’ll turn folks around with Greek but for the moment it looks like Warner Bros. is packaging a product that has almost no demand.




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  • junierizzle

    I don't get it either. I didn't think he was funny at all in FORGETTING SARAH MARSHAL.
    Terrible MTV host. I don't know, I think just hate him because he bagged Katy Perry.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Russell Brand is awesome, I think WB sees he has extreme potential and will appeal to the indie and hipster kids. I just think he is hilarious, I loved him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and fortunately it looks like in Greek they toned down his jokes so that he could hold a movie (because the outrageous humor only really worked with Jason Segel/Kristen Stewart there to counteract it. But him and Jonah have great chemistry and they could easily make that movie a success.

    I'm also anticipating the Drop Dead Fred remake with him playing Fred, that will be pretty cool… even though I thought the first one was fine on its own.

  • Louise

    Please don't underestimate Brand. He lived near me in London when he was an unknown drug-addict and his rise to fame in the UK was meteoric. Even if he's not to everyone's taste he's a hard-working consummate professional who made it on his own….and he's going to be big when he becomes known in the movie-world.

  • Louise

    Please don't underestimate Brand. He lived near me in London when he was an unknown drug-addict and his rise to fame in the UK was meteoric. Even if he's not to everyone's taste he's a hard-working consummate professional who made it on his own….and he's going to be big when he becomes known in the movie-world.

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