First Look: Simon Pegg & Andy Serkis in Landis' Burke & Hare

February 25, 2010
Source: Collider

Simon Pegg & Andy Serkis

No Job Too Small. No Body Too Big. No Questions Asked. When it was first announced that John Landis would finally be returning to the director's chair with a period thriller/comedy called Burke and Hare, it only had actor Simon Pegg attached at the time. Then "Doctor Who's" David Tennant joined briefly before eventually being replaced by motion capture actor Andy Serkis. No more casting changes though, as the film is already shooting in Edinburgh, and Collider has our first look at a small batch of photos from the set showing Pegg and Serkis in costume as grave robbers William Burke and William Hare. Check them out!

Simon Pegg & Andy Serkis in John Landis' Burke & Hare

Simon Pegg & Andy Serkis in John Landis' Burke & Hare

Burke and Hare is a black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who discover a lucrative business providing corpses for the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection. The script, co-written by Piers Ashworth & Nick Moorcroft, is based on the true story of William Burke and William Hare, who sold some 17 corpses to the college. Last year I finally saw An American Werewolf in London for my first time, and ever since I've been anxiously awaiting Landis' next project. I'm hoping it's a return to form for him and from these photos it already looks like it will be. But now I think it's best to step back and let them finish shooting. Stay tuned!

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  • N
    A bit depressed since there's no Tennant by Pegg's side anymore, but alas this looks interesting either way.
  • Deathtoll 2010
    woo hoo, first one to post! But, seriously, I like that Simon Pegg is in this, but the Burke and Hare thing has already been done, and it wasn't all that great. I am referring to "The Doctor and The Devils". It was very disappointing.
  • I'm excited about this, although Pegg's "sold out" with a few too many big bucks US films, I still rate him as an actor, and after seeing Andy Serkis in the Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll i think he could be really good in this. Looking forward to it!
  • Scott McHenry
    I'll only watch this for Andy Serkis
  • dex
    looks brilliant, mate!
  • Craig
    Simon Pegg and David Tennant would have made an amazing team. I'm a bit disappointed that Tennnant is no longer attached to the project, but I'm still very much interested in seeing this.
  • Dreckent
    Serkis is one awesome actor. Cant wait to see what kind of character he developed for this film.
  • DoomCanoe
    this better not be a knock off of "I Sell the Dead"
  • Beta Ray Bill
    Hopefully Serkis does the Gollum voice.
  • Mark
    This looks really good.
  • Serkis is a HUGE upgrade, no matter which actor he's replacing. I'm intrigued just to see the chemistry between the two!
  • Spider94
    kinda looks like sherlock holmes
  • I'll have a look for them the next time I'm in town, I think the darkest thing about this story is that it's true, good to see the streets of Edinburgh being used.
  • Xerxex
    Pegg and Serkis WIN.
  • MGC
    "Motion Caption Actor"? That's a little on the offensive side isn't it? Serkis is a brilliant actor in his own right. I haven't seen "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" yet but by all accounts he's amazing. His portrayal of Martin Hannett in 24 Hour Party People pretty much steals the movie for me. Looking forward to seeing him and Pegg together in this.




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