He has crazy hair and interchangeable heads – no, not Russell Brand, we’re talking about everyone’s favourite scarecrow, Wurzel Gummidge – who it looks like Brand may play in a big-screen remake.
Wurzel started out in 1936 as a character in a children’s book, created by Barbara Euphan Todd. He then appeared in a television series starring Jon Pertwee that ran from 1979 – 1981 and helped him to become a much-loved character. This scarecrow lived in Ten Acre Field and not only did he come to life, but he had interchangeable heads to suit every situation. He was a bit dim, but very loveable and always had the best intentions.
So, who would be perfect to play him in a big-screen remake? Well, Russell Brand of course! He certainly has the hair for it, but as to how well he will play it is another matter entirely. The characters that Brand usually plays are typically a lot closer to his own personality, such as Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek, so this would be a new challenge for him.
However, producer Patrick Pidgeon is reportedly very keen to secure Brand for the part, which he hopes he can give a modern twist. Not only that, but Pidgeon has also said “I want to come up with a new way of how the character became Worzel. And maybe we could take him out of a rural setting into a Victorian town.”
New audiences would probably not mind, as a re-imagining of the story would definitely bring it up to date, but would audiences who have previously loved the hapless ‘crow be happy with such a change? We’ll have to wait and see what they come up with!