Some good news for Simon Pegg fans equals some bad news for Benedict Cumberbatch fans. Pegg has been cast in Terry Jones’s upcoming animated science-fiction comedy Almost Anything. Unfortunately, it looks as if he is replacing Cumberbatch. That is how we are interpreting Screen Daily‘s report on Pegg’s casting, which is tellingly Cumberbatch-mention free.
Pegg is reportedly taking on the lead role of a teacher who is given magic-like powers by aliens. If the quote he gives for the story is any indication, Pegg is very excited to be part of the project –
As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift. Meeting your heroes is one thing – working with them is something else.
Jones has turned the project into an almost Monty Python reunion, casting his former Flying Circus castmates John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin in the film as well. Rounding out the voice cast are Gemma Arterton and Robin Williams.