‘The World’s End’ trailer: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost face the apocalypse

May 22, 2013 | 7:16 a.m.
Nick Frost as Andy, Eddie Marsan as Peter, Simon Pegg as Gary, Paddy Considine as Steven and Martin Freeman as Oliver in Edgar Wright's movie "The World's End." (Laurie Sparham / Focus Features)

Nick Frost as Andy, Eddie Marsan as Peter, Simon Pegg as Gary, Paddy Considine as Steven and Martin Freeman as Oliver in Edgar Wright’s movie “The World’s End.” (Laurie Sparham / Focus Features)

The apocalypse has never seemed so funny.

The new trailer for “The World’s End,” the latest film from director Edgar Wright,  has arrived, and judging from the clip, the movie promises to deliver the same charming brand of humor Wright and his leading men Simon Pegg and Nick Frost pioneered in such films as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.”

“The World’s End,” due in theaters Aug. 23, upends the usual Pegg-Frost dynamic, however, with Pegg playing Gary King, a (lovable?) loser trapped in a state of arrested development who recruits his old pals — including Frost’s responsible attorney Andy — to finish a famous pub crawl in their hometown that they had once unsuccessfully attempted in their younger days.

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.

The new clip has some similarities to the international trailer that debuted May 8 — the film opens earlier in Britain than in North America — but the footage is certainly amusing enough to hold up to repeated viewings.

(For Pegg fans who can’t wait until August to see the actor on the big screen, he is, of course, currently reprising his role as Scotty in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness.”)

Watch the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments — can “The World’s End”‘ live up to, or even surpass, the brilliance of “Hot Fuzz” or “Shaun of the Dead”?

– Gina McIntyre

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