Monty Python’s ‘Absolutely Anything’ gains Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton

By Daniel S Levine,

For years, the members of the Monty Python comedy troupe have been trying to get Absolutely Anything completed. Filming is finally set to start next year and the production has gained two new actors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gemma Arterton.

The Wrap reported Tuesday that Cumberbatch, who stars in the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, and Arterton have joined the cast, although it is not known what role they will play in the film.

So far, Robin Williams is the only other non-Python member to join the film, which will be directed by Terry Jones. Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and John Cleese have also agreed to lend their voices to the film, reports Indiewire.

Eric Idle, who was also a member of the group, has not signed on yet. Since Graham Chapman died in 1989, the group has rarely reunited. They have not been in a film together since 1983’s The Meaning of Life.

The project has been in development since 2010 and will be produced by Ben Timlett and Bill Jones. Jones co-wrote the film with Gavin Scott and production is slated to start in the first quarter of 2013.

The movie is about a teacher with extraordinary powers using the wave of the hand. As he learns how to use them, mishap after mishap occurs.

Cumberbatch, who signed on to play Brian Epstein in a biopic about the Beatles’ manager, stars in J.J. Abrams second Star Trek film as the villain. That film is set for release in May.

Arterton stars in Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner, which will finally be released in January. She’s also starring in Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck.



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