Russell Brand to play swashbuckler John Hawkwood

Russell-BrandImage Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comRussell Brand is negotiating to play real-life swashbuckler John Hawkwood in the big-screen action comedy Hawkwood, Deadline reports. (EW’s request for comment has yet to be returned.) Described as “a morally challenged but gifted swordsman,” Hawkwood was a 14th century European mercenary, a sword for hire. I’m torn: It seems like an interesting character Brand could have real fun with… but won’t we all be comparing his take to Johnny Depp’s Oscar-nominated turn as Capt. Jack Sparrow, even if he’s land-bound? Then again, Brand is currently shooting a remake of Arthur, so he must like the challenge of going up against classic performances.

Is there enough room in your heart for two eccentric swashbucklers? (If there’s room enough for four Pirates of the Caribbean films, the answer could be yes — if Brand’s Hawkwood is truly funny and original.)

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  • Laurie

    With Brand the answer is always Yes.

    • Josie

      seconded!

      • Mirjam

        Thirded!

  • wmshipman

    As always, the devil is in the details. Or, in this case, in the script and its translation to the screen. It could be fun. Or it could be awful.

  • Sara

    What? Hawkwood was a brutal mercenary who happily sold his services to the highest bidder. This sounds terrible.

  • Pat Ilott (Artist from Cheltenham)

    I am sure he will do a good job, whith his own take on the character

  • Scott

    Ew. When is he going to go away? I sense a horrible and pale imitation of Jack Sparrow coming along.

  • paige

    he’s a walking STD

  • Gatsby

    He is so funny and ModelFriendFinder was very good

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