Mandi Bierly
July 29, 2010 AT 05:49 PM EDT

Image Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comRussell Brand is negotiating to play real-life swashbuckler John Hawkwood in the big-screen action comedy Hawkwood, Deadline reports. (EW’s request for comment has yet to be returned.) Described as “a morally challenged but gifted swordsman,” Hawkwood was a 14th century European mercenary, a sword for hire. I’m torn: It seems like an interesting character Brand could have real fun with… but won’t we all be comparing his take to Johnny Depp’s Oscar-nominated turn as Capt. Jack Sparrow, even if he’s land-bound? Then again, Brand is currently shooting a remake of Arthur, so he must like the challenge of going up against classic performances.

Is there enough room in your heart for two eccentric swashbucklers? (If there’s room enough for four Pirates of the Caribbean films, the answer could be yes — if Brand’s Hawkwood is truly funny and original.)

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