Russell Brand decides its time to Rentaghost?

Russell Brand

Russell Brand is being courted to star in a movie update of spooky British children’s show Rentaghost .

Warner Bros have just acquired the rights to the television series, which aired on the BBC between 1976 and 1984, and followed a company who rent out ghosts.

Brand is expected to take on the role of Fred Mumford, who the folks at Wikipedia describe as “a recently deceased loser who feels he can find work for ghosts whose lives were as failed as his”.

Mumford recruits Timothy Claypole, a technophobic jester and Victorian gent Hubert Davenport to his cause. Plenty of crafty casting opportunities there, then.

Brand will next make an appearance in Shakespeare update The Tempest , as well as a remake of Arthur .