So Long Meryl Streep, Hello Helen Mirren? The Queen in Talks for "Arthur" Remake! 


So, we now all know that Russell Brand is going to channel Dudley Moore in a brand new version of "Arthur." (Read our original story about the "Arthur" remake right here)

Then, back in February, we heard rumors that Meryl Streep was in talks to star as Arthur's foil -- the great John Gielgud was the foil in the original as Arthur's valet. (Check out our Meryl Streep rumor right here)

Apparently, the supposed talks between Streep and the producers were just that...talks, because now, Helen Mirren, the Queen herself, is in negotiations to star opposite Brand according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Let's face it, Gielgud's Academy Award-winning performance is hard to beat, but honestly, either Streep or Mirren could give the part its much needed heart. So if the original was a valet, and of course, a man, the new role is reconstructed to be played by a woman as Arthur's nanny. Perfect!

Production is set to begin shooting in New York in July.

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