Usually when a pop culture supergroup reunites, the result is a sad charade of fading stars trying to recapture their old glory. But with the addition of Simon Pegg to their upcoming sci-fi comedy, Absolutely Nothing, the guys in Monty Python have expertly avoided that route.
Comedy geeks everywhere rejoiced in January of last year when Python leader Terry Jones announced a rekindling of the legendary comedy group. Pegg's addition, though, really ought to get their attention. Especially considering that the Shaun of the Dead star is a longtime fan:
"As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift. Meeting your heroes is one thing - working with them is something else."
Pegg will play Neil Clarke, the disillusioned school teacher who is mysteriously bestowed with magical powers by the Python guys' group of aliens. The Pythons, however, won't be appearing live on screen, opting instead to voice CG versions of their extraterrestrial counterparts. Add in Robin Williams as Pegg's trusty four-legged sidekick, and you've got a buddy/alien movie for the ages.
The project will start shooting in early February, so we'll have to sit tight until then. Luckily, the Pythons left behind hundreds of hours of entertainment to keep us occupied.
And, with any luck, we'll be able to add this one proudly to the list.