Martin Freeman (“The Office,” “Sherlock,” The Hobbit) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, Snow White and the Huntsman) have officially joined the cast of Edgar Wright’s next, The World’s End. Read the full details in the official press release below:
Working Title Films and Big Talk Productions have commenced filming on The Worlds End, the third installment of Edgar Wrights trilogy of comedies, following the successes Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). The new movie is filming in the U.K. As with the first two movies in the trilogy, Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute The Worlds End internationally and Focus Features will distribute it in North America.
As with the two earlier pictures, Mr. Wright co-wrote the script with Simon Pegg, who will once again star alongside Nick Frost. Joining the team are actors Martin Freeman (Shaun of the Dead, The Hobbit), Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher).
The Worlds End also marks Mr. Wrights third movie with Working Title and Big Talk, following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz; The Worlds End is produced by Nira Park of Big Talk and Working Titles Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The film will be executive-produced by James Biddle, Mr. Wright, Mr. Pegg, Mr. Frost, and Liza Chasin.
Mr. Wright is also reteaming with such creative collaborators as director of photography Bill Pope, production designer Marcus Rowland, hair and make-up designer Jane Walker, editor Paul Machliss, stunt coordinator Bradley Allen, and VFX Double Negative. Guy Speranza is the films costume designer.
In The Worlds End, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub The Worlds End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankinds. Reaching The Worlds End is the least of their worries.
Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the worlds leading film production companies. Founded in 1983, Working Title has made nearly 100 films that have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. Its films have won six Academy Awards, 30 BAFTA Awards, and prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. Working Titles 2012/2013 slate also includes Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway; John Crowleys Closed Circuit, starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; Hossein Aminis The Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac; Dan Mazers I Give It a Year, starring Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall; the telefilm Mary and Martha, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Richard Curtis, starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn; Ron Howards Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl; and Joe Wrights epic love story Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Big Talks credits include all of Edgar Wrights films to date: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Greg Mottolas Paul, written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with Kristen Wiig. Most recently Big Talk developed and produced Joe Cornishs debut feature Attack the Block, which was released to critical acclaim in 2011, winning all four Audience Awards at Sitges, SXSW, the LAFF, and Fantasia International Film Festival. Next up for Big Talk is the black comedy Sightseers, directed by Kill Lists Ben Wheatley. The film had its world premiere at Cannes with a Special Screening in the Directors Fortnight section. It will have a Gala Screening at the London Film Festival, and will be released in the U.K. in November. Big Talk is currently in production on Cuban Fury, a dance comedy starring Nick Frost, Chris ODowd, and Rashida Jones, directed by James Griffiths; and Jeremy Loverings psychological thriller In Fear.
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