Simon Pegg has built a reputation as a comicsomeone else actor with his work on the British television series Spaced and the films Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. Of course, these were all done in collaboration with director Edgar Wright. Can Pegg deliver the funny with another director at the helm?

That’s the question that the romantic comedy Run Fat Boy Run will try and answer when it is released later this month. The first comedy that Pegg has headlined without Wright in the director’s chair finds the British comic working with actor David Schwimmer making his directorial debut.

Pegg stars an aimless guy who left his pregnant fiancee (Thandie Newton) at the alter five years earlier. When he finds out that she is about to marry someone else, he decides to run a marathon to show her that he is capable of finishing something that he’s started.

The production seems like an interesting blending of comic talents from both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to Schwimmer, America contributes former member of The State, Michael Ian Black, as Pegg’s co-writer on the script and the always versitile Hank Azaria as Pegg’s romantic rival. From England, Pegg is joined by his Shaun Of The Dead co-star, and very funny guy in his own right, Dylan Moran.

Will the movie deliver the laughs? Perhaps, if the two clips we’ve been sent are any indication.

The first featuring Pegg and Newton is a slighly more serious scene while Pegg and Azaria are featured in the second with a more comedic scene that ends with a pretty great line.

Run Fat Boy Run opens March 28th.

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