Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright kicked off the Comic-Con International Hall H programming in high fashion Friday morning, with a hilarious panel in which they talked about their new movie, “The World’s End,” due out in the U.S. in August, but also their future plans.
Wright said that in addition to directing Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” he’s got some spinoff movies in the works too: “Abdo-Man” and “The Mighty Thorax.”
Kidding, of course.
But that was the wild, humorous tenor of the hourlong session devoted to the new Focus Features film, the third in the trio’s so-called “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy that includes “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.”
“The World’s End” upends the usual Pegg-Frost dynamic established in those movies, with Pegg playing Gary King, a man Pegg described as a “sad Goth” trapped in a state of arrested development who recruits his old pals — including Frost’s responsible attorney Andy — to finish a famous pub crawl (12 pubs ending with the ale house the World’s End) in their hometown that they had once unsuccessfully attempted in their younger days. Frost said that he was excited to do something different, to not play the “stoned idiot again.”
Naturally, things don’t go quite according to plan, and Gary and Andy, along with pals Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman) and Peter (Eddie Marsan), find themselves possibly facing down the world’s end in a more literal sort of way.
During the session, the three filmmakers joked often and talked about how their own friendship informed the spirit of the new film and its two predecessors. There were also connections drawn between the spirit of the English apocalyptic comedy and another beloved British import, “Doctor Who.”
“If you’ve ever watched ‘Doctor Who’ and thought it would be funnier if [everyone] was hammered, this is the movie for you,” Wright quipped.
– Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex
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