Trailer for Arthur Includes Lots of Classic Rock, Little Greta Gerwig
The Gerta Gerwig crush running through Movieline HQ is pretty formidable, so you can imagine our collective disappointment upon realizing that the Sacramento native only has one line of dialogue in the first trailer for the remake of Arthur. Though considering the amount of classic rock coursing through this initial ad campaign for the Russell Brand remake, perhaps there wasn't much room for anything more.
You'll glimpse Gerwig within the first 30 seconds of the trailer, looking befuddled and slightly amused as Arthur (Brand) engages in a bit of "Who's on First?" miscommunication with his trusty nanny and his driver. After that? See ya, Greta! Off with you until the second act love interest is needed.
In Gerwig's place: David Bowie, Free and Queen (with David Bowie), plus a bunch of Russell Brand double-takes and witticisms. And Helen Mirren as Hobson the nanny (the role that won John Gielgud an Oscar in the 1981 Dudley Moore film), doing Helen Mirren-y things with a mischievous look in her eyes that has become her trademark. It all looks pretty much as expected -- hopefully future trailers won't be scored with your dad's iPod -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. After all, the sexual tension between Brand and Mirren might be worth the price of admission alone.
VERDICT: Needs more Gerwig.