Simon Pegg teams up with the Monty Python troupe for British sc-i-fi comedy Absolutely Anything

Absolutely Anything - Simon Pegg as Nei Clarke
(Image credit: Giles Keyte)
(Image credit: Giles Keyte)

Simon Pegg joins forces with the Monty Python troupe for Absolutely Anything, a British sci-fi comedy co-written and directed by Terry Jones, which arrives in UK cinemas next month.

Pegg plays a burnt out school teacher called Neil Clarke who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes thanks to a bunch of aliens (voiced by Idle and his fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Eric Idle) who have selected this random Earthling as a test case before they decide whether or not to destroy the planet.

This is the first time all five surviving Pythons have appeared together in a film since 1983's Monty Python's The Meaning of Life and follows the team's triumphant reunion tour last year.

The film also features Robin Williams, in his final screen role, as the voice of Neil’s dog, Dennis, as well as a host of British big and small screen luminaries, including Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Eddie Izzard, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaksar.

Absolutely Anything opens on Friday 14th August, but to whet your appetite, here’s the trailer.

And a set of exclusive stills.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.