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Simon Pegg landed the role of Neil Clarke in Terry Jones’ comedy film Absolutely Anything. Pegg will play a school teacher who is given magical powers by aliens.
Additional casting is still underway but several Monty Python troupe members, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, will voice the aliens while Robin Williams will voice Clarke’s dog, according to Entertainmentwise.
Pegg is very excited for his chance to work with the Monty Python gang. “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,” he said. He also posted the news to his Twitter.
Speaking of my continuing struggle to be taken seriously as an actor. http://t.co/a7jKjmKWSI
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) December 11, 2013
The film is being produced by Ben Timlett and Bill Jones at Bill & Ben Productions with Jim Acheson on board to design costumes and sets. Executive producers are Mike Medavoy and Chris Chesser according to Variety.
Production on the film starts in London on March 23.