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Zoolander star looks set to replace Russell Brand as lead in film version of the BBC children's show

It was originally billed as a potential star vehicle for one Russell Brand, but the forthcoming big screen outing for 1970s and 80s BBC children's show Rentaghost now looks set to be retooled with Ben Stiller in the lead.

Brand reportedly walked away from Hollywood's most unlikely project following the critical failure of Arthur, a remake of the classic Dudley Moore comedy. Studio Fox has now bought the rights and aims to reunite Stiller with the writing team behind the Night at the Museum films, Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, reports Deadline.

The Brand iteration of Rentaghost was set to stick fairly closely to the original TV show, which ran for nine seasons between 1976 and 1984 on BBC1. Its main focus was a motley crew of mischievous ghosts-for-hire, including jester Timothy Claypole and Dobbin the pantomime horse. »

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