We can't quite decide if this sounds like comedy gold or a trainwreck waiting to happen: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dame Helen Mirren, dignified portrayer of Queen Elizabeth II, is currently in negotiations to star opposite stand-up comic and the bane of radio censors everywhere, Russell Brand, in Warner Bros' remake of 'Arthur.'

Brand will step into Dudley Moore's shoes as alcoholic playboy Arthur Bach, the man set to inherit a fortune if he marries a well-to-do heiress who his family believes will be a good influence and curtail his partying ways. Of course, the path to money never did run smooth, and Arthur falls in love with a working-class girl instead, turning to his valet for advice when his family tries to make his choose between love and cold hard cash. We can't quite decide if this sounds like comedy gold or a trainwreck waiting to happen: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dame Helen Mirren, dignified portrayer of Queen Elizabeth II, is currently in negotiations to star opposite stand-up comic and bane of radio censors everywhere Russell Brand in Warner Bros' remake of 'Arthur.'

Brand will step into Dudley Moore's shoes as alcoholic playboy Arthur Bach, the man set to inherit a fortune if he marries a well-to-do heiress who his family believes will be a good influence and curtail his partying ways. Of course, the path to money never did run smooth, and Arthur falls in love with a working-class girl instead, turning to his valet for advice when his family tries to make his choose between love and cold hard cash.

In a random twist, Mirren is in line to play said valet, a role originated by John Gielgud, who won Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for his portrayal. The screenplay was penned by Peter Baynham.

We suspect that we'll be filing this as number 1,483 on the list of reasons why Hollywood needs to lay off the remakes, but since Mirren was awarded another Oscar nod this year for 'The Last Station,' perhaps she hasn't totally lost her sense of taste. We'll be crossing our fingers that the remake is a stand-out worthy of cinematic royalty.

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