Virtually everyone has been looking on the bright side for over 30 years in the hope that the Monty Python ‘boys’ would return to their glory days. That time has come and not just in the form of the live dates recently announced.
With the exception of Eric Idle, four of the surviving five members – John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones – are all set to join forces in the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything. Under the directing wing of Jones, the Python troupe will be providing their voices to computer animated aliens who bestow special powers on the film’s unsuspecting lead player, a disillusioned teacher, played by none other than Simon Pegg. Whilst the lead role was originally intended for Benedict Cumberbatch, Pegg couldn’t be happier with the final decision, having been a fan of the comedy troupe for years:
“The chance to work with Terry was a gift. Meeting your heroes is one thing, working with them is something else.”
Robin Williams will also be providing voice talent as Pegg’s best friend, his trusty dog.
Pre-production is scheduled for February 2nd 2014 with principal photography on location in London on March 23. Whilst Pegg recently experienced similar close encouters in 2011 when he made friends with a little chap going by the name of Paul, it wasn’t particularly worth phoning home about. A team up with the Python troupe and Williams certainly sounds like something stellar. We’ll keep you updated as soon as any more details are revealed.