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Russell Brand to star in remake of 'Drop Dead Fred'

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Universal is resurrecting the 1991 movie Drop Dead Fred as a starring vehicle for Russell Brand, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dennis McNicholas, a cowriter on the production company’s upcoming Land of the Lost, will write the script based on the original, which starred Phoebe Cates as a woman who loses her job and her husband only to find her world further rocked by the appearance of a rambunctious imaginary friend from her childhood (whom Brand will play in the remake). The first Fred was a flop, but achieved some cult-level success.