Simon Pegg to Star in Terry Jones-Helmed Animated Film

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Simon Pegg to Star in Terry Jones-Helmed Animated Film

Simon Pegg  has been cast for the upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything, directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Pegg will play Neil Clarke, a school teacher who discovers he’s been given magical powers by a group of aliens, who are voiced by the rest of the Monty Python crew: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. Robin Williams is also set to voice Clarke’s talking canine companion.

“As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift,” Pegg told Variety. “Meeting your heroes is one thing, working with them is something else.”

This will be the third alien-themed flick for Pegg in recent years. In 2011, he released the extraterrestrial comedy Paul, starring Seth Rogen, with his longtime comedy partner Nick Frost. Over the summer, the two released The World’s End, a story about five friends taking on an invading force while in the middle of a pub crawl.

Pre-production for the film is set to begin Feb. 2, 2014, with filming to begin in London sometime in March.