The Oscar winner will play the longtime nanny of the hero in the remake of Arthur

By Stephen M. Silverman
April 23, 2010 09:55 AM
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Dame Helen Mirren won an Oscar for running the House of Windsor, in 2006’s The Queen. But how will she fare running the life of film’s most hilarious drunk?

Given that there’s basically nothing Mirren can’t do, the results should be inspired when she assumes the re-imagined role of Hobson the Butler in the remake of the 1981 hit Arthur, set to star Russell Brand in the role immortalized by the late Dudley Moore, reports Variety.

Mirren, 64, is taking on quite a challenge herself – given that the frankly hilarious role of Hobson won a Supporting Actor Oscar for the late Sir John Gielgud. Rather than a butler to inebriated Manhattan playboy Arthur, however, Mirren reportedly is set to play the wealthy heir’s longtime nanny.

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Still, the haughty Hobson was nothing if not memorable. Among his choicest lines (delivered to Arthur’s latest love interest, played by Liza Minnelli, at a bus stop): “Thank you for a memorable afternoon. Usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature.”

The new script is by Peter Baynham (Borat and Bruno), with Jason Winer (who did the pilot for ABC’s Modern Family) set to direct, says the trade paper. Various other reports, unconfirmed by Warner Bros., state that filming will start in New York in July.