Thesp in talks for Larry Charles' raunchy laffer
Having established a small screen presence with his FX series “Brand X with Russell Brand,” Brit comic Russell Brand is turning his attention back to features, as he’s in early talks to star in Larry Charles’ raunchy comedy “Pierre Pierre.”Politically-incorrect laffer follows an obnoxious French nihilist (Brand) who transports a stolen painting from Paris to London. Along the way he crosses paths with a French police inspector, a serial killer named Pigeonshit and his own brothel-owning mother. Escape Artists partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce with Brian Sher of Category 5. Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton wrote the Black List script, which Fox Atomic spent $1 million to acquire in a 2008 bidding war. Project initially had Jim Carrey and Jason Reitman attached to star and direct before it went into turnaround. Brand recently wrapped Diablo Cody’s untitled directorial debut, which reteams him with his “Rock of Ages” co-star Julianne Hough. Thesp voices a role in “Despicable Me 2” and is also attached to star in “The Hauntrepreneur” for Paramount. Charles has had success directing pics about obnoxious foreigners, as Sacha Baron Cohen-starrer “Borat” grossed more than $261 million worldwide and “The Dictator” commanded $165 million at the worldwide box office. Brand is repped by WME and attorney P.J. Shapiro.