Simon Pegg Joins Monty Python Gang in 'Absolutely Anything' Comedy
In addition to the reunion of the surviving members of Monty Python, we've known since earlier this year that John Cleese, Terry Giliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones would reunite for a sci-fi comedy called Absolutely Anything. Previously, Benedict Cumberbatch was supposed to take the read role of Neil Clarke, a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens. But now ScreenDaily reports it will be Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End star Simon Pegg who leads the film directed by Jones, and featuring the voices of the Python troupe.
For those just joining us, Cleese, Gilliam, Palin and Jones will all voice the aliens, which will be computer animated into the live-action world. In addition to the Monty Python troupe lending their voices, Robin Williams is providing the voice for Clarke's faithful dog (we're assuming this is possible because of Clarke's new powers). Gemma Arterton was once supposed to take a role, but we're not sure if that's still the case.
This has the potential to be a really fun film, and Pegg couldn't be more thrilled to work with his childhood idols, "As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift. Meeting your heroes is one thing - working with them is something else.” We can't wait to see what they cook up, especially since the Python troupe hasn't been together on the big screen for a feature film in awhile. Jones says, "It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.” It's just a shame Eric Idle couldn't be coaxed into joining them. Still excited?