Simon Pegg heads to 'The World's End' in new trailer
05:00 AM, May 08, 2013
The World’s End also marks the end of an era for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright.
Wright directs the apocalyptic comedy (in theaters Aug. 23) that acts as the finale of a trilogy of films connected not by story but by filmmaking style, tonal approach and humorously quirky characters starring Pegg and Frost and including Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).
Pegg, who reprises his role as Scotty in the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness sequel, previously played a slacker caught in a zombie apocalypse in Shaun and a go-getting city cop sent to rural Britain in Hot Fuzz.
“The backbone of my body of work really has been my collaborations with Edgar Wright, and the things I’m known for most, really, even more than Star Trek I think is probably Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz,” says Pegg, who also starred in Wright’s cult TV series Spaced.
The World’s End casts Pegg as Gary King, whom the actor describes as “this wraith from the past who assembles a group of old friends to try and re-create a night they experienced when they were 19, which is essentially the highlight his life so far even though he’s 40 now.”
The first trailer introduces the pals Pegg, Frost, Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Paddy Considine (In America) and their mission from years ago: 12 pints each in 12 different pubs in one night, with a last stop at The World’s End bar.
They didn’t complete it the first time around, so Gary rounds them back up years later to get the job done. But they discover that the folks in their hometown of Newton Haven aren’t quite themselves anymore, and they are thrown into a scuffle with aliens and weird creatures that look like they’re straight out of a Doctor Who episode. Plus, Pegg crashes through a fence which he also happened to do in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
“When Edgar and I were pitching it to each other, we had this idea as it being like The Big Chill but if the corpse came along for the ride. That’s Gary,” says Pegg, a co-writer on the film.
“He’s kind of like the specter of the past and somehow manages to manipulate a group of old friends whom he hasn’t seen for a long time into coming with him on this crazy adventure. It becomes far more of an adventure than they really bargained for.”
Pegg says that The World’s End is their most mature and funniest movie to date, and certainly the most heartfelt. “Having done these three films we always planned to make is such an achievement.”