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.