Simon Pegg Recruits Martin Freeman For ‘The World’s End’

Wright and Pegg finish off their masterpiece (pic taken from Edgar Wright’s Twitter feed)

Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fans have been waiting eagerly to hear whether the writing/directing/buddy/buddy/buddy team of Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost will be reuniting for a third installment in what they’re now laughingly calling the ‘Cornetto Three Flavors’ trilogy (because Simon and Nick have eaten different flavor ice-creams in the last two, and, er, that’s it).

And the good news is there WILL be a third film, now that Edgar’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is out of the way (and presumably as soon as Simon has finished with the next Star Trek movie). It will be called The World’s End and will be about a group of school friends who have all grown up apart, and decide to have a reunion pub crawl.

You know what a pub crawl is. right? Just an extended drinking night out, going from bar to bar and having at least one drink in each one.

And it’s in the middle of this emotional booze-up that scary things begin to happen. Doomy things. Things with serious consequences for the human race.

So it’s just as well the cast includes not only Frost and Pegg, but also the amazing Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine (who, like Martin, was also in Hot Fuzz), Rosamund Pike…and some fella called Martin Freeman.

It’s a mark of how much time has passed since Shaun of the Dead (eight years! Eight!) that you forget Martin had a cameo in that too. After Sherlock and The Hobbit films have boosted his profile, you can bet he’ll have a considerably bigger part to play this time around. See if you can spot him:

The World’s End is currently due for release in August 2013.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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