Kate Beckinsale will officially be joining Simon Pegg in Absolutely Anything, a new comedy directed by Terry Jones, the man who helmed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. Deadline is reporting that Pegg will be playing a teacher who is given the power to do anything he wants, a power handed to him by a group of aliens watching from space. As he struggles with his powers, he calls upon his dog, voiced by none other than Robin Williams, to help him along the way. “Mishap after mishap finally leads him to an ultimate conundrum: should he choose the girl (Beckinsale) or the dog?” Oh, and the Aliens? Well, they’ll be voiced by Jones and his Python team: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin.
The crazy-sounding comedy, which is set to also star Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley, is being produced by Ben Timlett and Bill Jones at Bill & Ben Productions, who produced the Monty Python-inspired animated film A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. Timlett says, “We are over the moon to welcome Kate Beckinsale to our brilliant cast. She’s perfect in the role of Catherine and joins some of the best names in comedy. Terry Jones and Gavin Scotts’ script is laugh out loud and we look forward to bringing it to a worldwide audience.”
Production on Absolutely Anything is to start in London on March 24.