Hurley cast for ‘Martian’ revival

Elizabeth Hurley is set to join Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Daniels in Disney’s feature revival of the ’60s sitcom “My Favorite Martian” under Donald Petrie’s helm.

In the film, Hurley will play on-air news personality Brace Channing. Lloyd plays Uncle Martin, a Martian whose spaceship has crash-landed on Earth and is anxious to repair it and get back home. Martin meets up with Daniels’ character, Tim O’Hara, a news writer who at first sees the Martian as a great scoop, but soon comes to care about the Martian’s well-being, refusing to reveal him to the authorities, instead telling others that the Martian is his uncle.

Hurley most recently was seen in New Line’s hit spy spoof “Austin Powers,” in which she played the title characters’ (Mike Myers) sidekick and fellow spy, Vanessa Kensington. She recently signed on to star opposite Ben Stiller in “Permanent Midnight” for Live Entertainment.

In the series, which ran from 1963-1966 on CBS, Bill Bixby played Tim, while Ray Walston played the Martian, who looked human but had retractable antennae and could become invisible.

Producers on the project are Robert Shapiro, Jerry Leider and Barry Bernardi.

Hurley was repped in the deal by CAA’s Matt DelPiano and Larry Kopeikin.

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