Filming has gotten underway on The World’s End, a figurative ‘third act’ to follow the cult genre love-letters (as well as British social satires) Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Edgar Wright is again directing a script he co-wrote with Simon Pegg; the latter, meanwhile, is reuniting onscreen with Nick Frost, alongside fellow ‘Blood & Ice Cream’ trilogy players like Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman.
The World’s End riffs on the tropes and archetypes of such apocalyptic blockbusters as Deep Impact and 2012, juxtaposing a tale of people seeking to reconcile with their past against a world-ending event. Of course, there’s a tongue-in-cheek twist to the formula, as the protagonist (Pegg) is trapped in arrested development after failing to reach a legendary pub (called The World’s End) to compete in a drinking marathon with his childhood friends two decades ago.
Pegg’s character (named Gary King) reunites with his old pals, in order to return to their hometown and once again try to reach the titular pub. However, the stakes prove to be much higher than expected, as the old friends realize that life as they and everyone else knows it could literally be coming to an end… unless they do something about it.
Check out the official poster for The World’s End below (via Fandango):
World’s End is now scheduled to release in U.S. theaters on October 25th next year, a couple months after it opens overseas in the UK. There are no other major titles currently scheduled to open that day; though it’s possible that either the (for now, unconfirmed) Paranormal Activity 5 or Latino-based PA franchise spinoff could also end up hitting theaters on that date. Wright’s film will attract a different (re: niche) crowd than a PA movie would, so it shouldn’t be a problem regardless.
UK moviegoers will be able to check out The World’s End in theaters beginning on August 14th, 2013, with (as mentioned before) the film hitting our shores here in the States two months later on October 25th.
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