Russell Brand to play Hawkwood

Star set for Fox's historical action comedy


Dickensian dandy Rusell Brand already seems like he’s wandered in from a bygone age, so who better to star as 14th Century swashbuckler John Hawkwood? That’s right, nobody.

A notoriously flamboyant mercenary, Hawkwood’s tale struck a chord with Brand, who apparently took the idea to Nicky Weinstock (Fox’s head of comedy) personally. Deadline reports that Weinberg loved the idea, and has hired Jared Stern (who rewrote Brand’s upcoming comedy Arthur) to knock up a script.

Hawkwood was a highly sought after swordsman (steady), with various countries out-bidding each other to have him at the front of their army. And with historical figures such as Geoffrey Chaucer and Francis Petrarch counting themselves as friends, his story should lend itself to an entertaining romp through history, with Brand almost certain to be prancing around in tights.

Naturally we expect Hawkwood to play fast and loose with historical accuracy, but so long as it’s funny, we’re not really too fussed. Weinstock and Brand have previous from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek, so don’t be surprised to see a few familiar faces popping up. Jonah Hill as Chaucer, anyone?

No director is attached as yet, with a release date yet to be announced, but yet another custom-made role looks like marking Brand as the new golden boy over at Fox…who needs the BBC, eh?

Russell Brand, movie star…yay or nay?

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    • MarkPowell

      Jul 29th 2010, 10:09

      I think a serious problem for Brand's acting ambition - talent aside, as we haven't really seen enough of his chops to call it yet - is that sooner or later he's gonna have to change his image for meatier roles. Clearly he's picked this one because he can turn up more or less in his civvies and still go on camera...but can you see him shaving his head or putting on 40kg for a role, as 'proper' actors often have to?

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    • MarkPowell

      Jul 29th 2010, 10:12

      Oops - meat 40lbs, obviously. Not many actors actually have to *destroy* themselves. ;)

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    • SteveMcc

      Jul 29th 2010, 11:33

      I think this is a great move! I was never Brands biggest fan until a few years ago when I watched his stand up. But was worried when I saw that he planned to act, but after seeing him in 'Wire in the Blood' as a stalker like man I was hugely impressed! @Mark Powell I see why you may say that but, give him a chance. He was great as the stalker (and I recommend you look the episode up) but he's hardly had the chance to prove himself in a roll other than Aldous Snow

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 29th 2010, 12:51

      Why not Paul Bettany returning as Chaucer? "To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on." And Brand is so painfully awful... its not so much acting as 'turning up'.

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    • Rusty4bears

      Jul 29th 2010, 13:21

      Are they talking about this series of books? It sounds like it

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    • Rusco87

      Jul 29th 2010, 13:25

      Brand can only portray him self in film. Can't act at all. Just stick to reading your newspaper on your stand up tours, not that that's even funny, they guy is just poor all round. He was bareable in forgetting Sarah Marshall but that's because he's not on screen that much.

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    • Rosewood09

      Jul 30th 2010, 12:57

      I agree with Rusco87, this guy just isn't funny! Funny men are guys like John Cleese, Bill Bailey, Lee Evans, I could name many more but Brand is just an utter muppet!! One day Katy Perry will realise this.

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    • Seakay

      Jul 30th 2010, 14:38

      Most actors specialise - very few get the opportunity to have a really wide range because films cost so much that the financiers are drawn to a sure thing. RB is at a bit of a disadvantage because at the moment his fame is greater than his mainstream acting experience. He's obviously going to get offered quirky/rockstar/comedic roles because that's waht he looks like and , unfortunately, auditions start before the audition in that even professionals will judge on appearances and everyone judges on past performances.

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    • MagneticEye84

      Aug 10th 2010, 8:20

      Russell Brand is awkward to look at, not really all that funny and an incredibly feeble faced ponce.

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