Comedy-tastic. Honestly, this is truly comedy-tastic news.
Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and the great Jane Lynch have all joined the cast of Paul, the upcoming sci-fi road trip comedy from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The Spaced pair wrote and will star in the film about two sci-fi nerds who embark on a road trip and encounter an alien, called Paul, who has escaped from Area 51.
The alien is to be voice by Rogen, fresh from his excellent voice-acting work in Monsters vs Aliens, with Superbad and Adventureland director Greg Mottola helming the project.
I’m a huge Pegg-Frost fan, so much so that their upcoming appearance in Spielberg’s Tin Tin film has got me excited for that project, long a ‘meh’ for me. Their work together in Spaced is of modern British comedy legend and while Hot Fuzz isn’t as consistent as one might hope, Shaun of the Dead is a bona fide slice of zom-com mastery.
This, with all of those other added, is now sounding like a saliva-worthy project.
Simon Pegg, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, has been chatting about Star Trek and his upcoming role as Buck in Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Our lovable little potato head said he has seen Star Trek in its finished form, which him playing Scotty, and walked out of the cinema afterwards “like a wreck”. Pegg adds that “it was amazing”.
He goes on to talk about the third Ice Age instalment, to come out over the Fourth of July weekend, explaining:
“[Buck] is the only mammal in this prehistoric world. He had an altercation with this dinosaur he calls Rudy, in which [Buck] lost an eye, but took a tooth. So they have this Ahab/Moby Dick thing going on. He has perfectly lost his mind, because he’s been down there for so long. It’s always fun to play a loony”
Along with all that, Pegg has also revealed a little about the Spielberg-helmed 3D motion-capture fest The Adventures of Tintin, shot alongside his long-time collaborative partner Nick Frost. Also in additon, Pegg will star alongside Frost in Paul, the Greg Mottola directed comedy about “two British comic-book geeks having a little holiday road trip in America”.
A very busy summer for Mr Pegg indeed, although it’s only Paul that I can see breaking him into the minds of the US super audience. For some reason though, I get a feeling that Pegg will always be a peculiarly British acting star.
Plus, a small piece at the end of the article sees Pegg say he is hoping to team up with Frost and Shaun/Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright for The World’s End, the final part of the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, by the close of the year.