The team that brought us cult classics Spaced, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead are about unleash more of their comedy action might onto the big screen and this time it comes with apocalyptic foreboding in The World’s End. Written by Simon Pegg (Paul) and Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) as ever, with Wright taking on the directorial duties, the film is one of two apocalyptic spoofs out this summer with This Is The End out in June.
The film centres around five childhood friends who return to the challenge of the World’s End pub crawl in their home town that they failed to complete during their younger days. Gary King (Pegg) persuades his four best mates – Andrew, played by Nick Frost (Cuban Fury), Steven, played by Paddy Consadine (Submarine), Oliver, played by Martin Freeman (Nativity) and Peter (Eddie Marsen) – as they take on the annihilating pub crawl.
However, in their return home they find out that things aren’t quite as they used to be and that their drinking challenge is the least of their worries. With an alien invasion fuelled destruction on the cards they have to band together to fight back and make it to the World’s End Pub to survive the night of horrors.
As well as the main gang, the film will also star Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville Series 2), who will undoubtedly be playing some kind of malevolent force is his work in The League of Gentlemen and Psychoville (not now silent singer) are anything to go by. David Bradley, who played the Harry Potter caretaker, Filch, is also part of the cast, along with Rafe Spall (Prometheus), Alice Lowe (Garth Merenghi’s Dark Place), Darren Boyd (Holy Flying Circus) and former Bond girl, Rosamund Pike.
The World’s End has a scheduled release date of the 19th July 2013 in the UK. If you watch the trailer below and think you recognise some of them, you may well have frequented a few of the if you’ve ever been to either Welwyn Garden City or Letchworth. The names have been changed for the production of the film, but either way they’re probably going to get a whole lot more popular from here on in.
The film completes Wright and Pegg’s Cornetto trilogy, with each of the movies correlating to a flavour of the ice cream. Shaun of the Dead was the bloody strawberry, Hot Fuzz the original blue because of its police theme and The World’s End will be the green mint choc chip to signify the aliens at the century of the film. Though there’s no evidence to support it, rumours are starting to flood the Internet for possible next steps for the writing duo with Neopolitan and Fab trilogies as the bookies favourites. A Ben and Jerry’s mini series has an outside chance also.