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Brand to star in Drop Dead remake

Russell Brand
Russell Brand made his film debut in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Russell Brand will star in a remake of the anarchic 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred, he has confirmed via a post on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

The 33-year-old also revealed he had landed a role in a remake of Arthur, the Oscar-winning Dudley Moore comedy.

His Twitter posting said: "Drop Dead Fred - true. Arthur - true, Kinky Bible - a film I will never make."

Phoebe Cates starred in the original Drop Dead Fred film along with Rik Mayall who played her imaginary friend.

Commercially unsuccessful

Cates played a wallflower who lost her job and husband during the course of a single lunch hour.

After returning to her mother's home, she was reunited with her imaginary childhood companion, who promised to help her, but caused nothing but trouble along the way.

The movie was commercially unsuccessful, taking $13.9m (£9.4m) in the US, but has achieved a cult status amongst fans.

Dennis McNicholas, who wrote the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy Land of the Lost, will write the remake.

Brand, who left BBC Radio 2 last year after broadcasting inappropriate content on his show, has already played supporting roles in several Hollywood films.

He made his big screen debut as rock star Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a role he is due to reprise in the Judd Apatow-produced Get Him to the Greek.

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