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Simon Pegg will join Monty Python cast in 'Absolutely Anything'

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Simon Pegg has confirmed he will star in comedy sci-fi movie Absolutely Anything with Monty Python members John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam. Pegg will play Neil Clarke, a "disillusioned school teacher" given magical powers by CGI aliens. Those aliens will be voiced by the Python troupe, while Robin Williams plays a talking dog.

Pegg called the Monty Python stars his "heroes," saying the chance to work with director Terry Jones was "a gift." In addition to directing, Jones co-wrote the picture with Small Soldiers writer Gavin Scott, and called Pegg "the absolutely perfect Neil." Although Absolutely Anything isn't a Monty Python picture by name — and Python member Eric Idle is still missing from the cast — Jones says his farce, which mixes CGI and live action, has Python's sensibility. Pre-production for the movie will begin on February 2nd next year.