Oh, it’s really happening.
Alright, it’s actually been “happening” for months now — or years, if you want to really get technical — but this, our first piece of non-mainstay casting, is the breaking of some new ground. My point being, The Daily Mail informs us Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher, An Education) has signed to co-star in Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End; this not only makes the woman a very lucky actress in her own right, but also, as just stated, the first confirmed lead whose name isn’t Simon Pegg or Nick Frost.
A character name, the way said character affects the plot, and so on have not been provided, I’m sad to say — it’s easy to suspect they’ve got that script on a real lockdown right now — though one could, using the proper resources, wager a guess. The crux of Wright and Pegg‘s script goes as follows:
“20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.”
So, either a member of this grouping — more likely than not, making her the third, next to Pegg and Frost — or, if you’ll allow me to be presumptuous, a wife to one of the members. But Pike is a fine actress, anyhow, so there’s no concerns when it comes to the specifics here. I’m simply happy enough to let this process play out in a discreet fashion.
How does Pike’s casting affect your outlook on The World’s End?
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