Isla Fisher and Tom Wilkinson Also Join Landis' Burke & Hare
by Ethan Anderton
January 21, 2010
Just yesterday we received word via a redacted Twitter update from Simon Pegg that the magnificent Andy Serkis would be replacing David Tennant in the dark comedy Burke & Hare, John Landis' return to the director's chair after ten years. Now THR's Heat Vision confirms Serkis' casting in the project along with the addition of Isla Fisher and Tom Wilkinson. Serkis is obviously playing Hare opposite Pegg’s Burke with Fisher playing Burke’s girlfriend, an actress looking for a patron who might or might not be an accomplice to the murders and Wilkinson as Dr. Robert Knox, an anatomy lecturer looking for fresh corpses. Great cast!
The story in the movie focuses on the Burke and Hare murders, also known as the West Port murders, which were serial murders perpetrated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1827 and 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their 17 victims to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection. I can't say how excited I am to have John Landis return to directing feature films after a ten year absence. And with the cast so far, and such a grotesquely, morbidly funny premise, I'm hoping this only leads to good fun at the movies. We'll keep you updated on Burke & Hare's development.