Pegg & Serkis to play Burke & Hare

Posted: January 29, 2010 in comedy, movies
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Simon Pegg’s penchant for the comedic macabre continues with the announcement that he has been cast in the film depiction of the ghoulish Regency Edinburgh murderers and grave robbers Burke & Hare. The pair killed 17 people in Edinburgh between 1827 and 1828 selling their corpses to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection.

Pegg will play Burke, Andy Serkis will play his partner in heinous crime Hare, and the lovely Isla Fisher will play Burke’s girlfriend.

Director John Landis, of American Werewolf in London fame, will take the reins, which can only be good news. It is his first film project in ten years. He says of the project – “Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft have written a unique and terrific screenplay which offers me a tremendous chance to make an historically accurate, very black, romantic comedy.”

It sounds fabulous, in a gruesome way! I look forward to it!

In celebration of Pegg’s return to his comedy horror roots, enjoy a highlights package from his first film Shaun of the Dead.

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