By Alan Davies
Sunday, May 19, 2013
PREPARE to get annihilated! A new film trailer for Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s ale-inspired sci-fi comedy The World’s End is due to drop later this week.
"We’re going to see this through to the bitter end. Or... lager end. "
The World’s End is the hotly anticipated third and final part of screenwriting partners Wright and Pegg’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, following zombie rom-com Shaun of the Dead and cop buddy action movie Hot Fuzz.
The first teaser trailer was released earlier this month – you can watch it on the YouTube video above – and, according to director Edgar Wright, it features “lager, bitter and a chaser of alienation”.
Another glimpse at the lager-fuelled apocalyptic romp is due out later this month, as the marketing campaign ramps up ahead of the film’s UK release on July 19.
Co-writer Simon Pegg tweeted: “The @YahooMovies Q&A with @edgarwright is ahead of brand new @TWEMovie posters and trailers coming THIS WEEK. Stay tuned. #theworldsend”
* The First Post
* The Old Familiar
* The Famous Cock
* The Cross Hands
* The Good Companions
* The Trusty Servant
* The Two Headed Dog
* The Mermaid
* The Beehive
* The King’s Head
* The Hole in the Wall
* The World’s End
Comedian Peter Serafinowicz (@serafinowicz) also tweeted on Friday: “Got a sneak at the new trailer for The World’s End today. Looks incredible as you’d expect from @edgarwright @simonpegg @nickfrost”
The ‘barmageddon’ blockbuster starring Hertfordshire-based actors Pegg and Martin Freeman, and co-stars Nick Frost, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan, was partly shot in Welwyn Garden City last year.
Pubs in WGC were transformed into the first four stops on the former childhood pals’ epic journey back through their old stomping ground of Newton Haven.
In the film, the conclusion of the ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ trilogy, Pegg plays goth-loving waster Gary King, who is hellbent on recapturing the gang’s youth.
To that end, he reunites a group of estranged forty-something friends to try and complete the so-called ‘golden mile’ of a dozen pubs through their home town. Twenty years earlier, the pub crawl had defeated them.
However, completing the marathon drinking binge second time around turns out to be the least of their worries, as leafy Newton Haven – judging by the first official trailer – has been overrun by a horde of glowing-eyed ‘alien’ beings.
The catastrophic pub crawl starts at The First Post – in real life The Peatree in Welwyn Garden City – with the final destination the fabled The World’s End.
Other pubs visited en route include The Old Familiar (better known in WGC as The Doctors Tonic), The Famous Cock (The Cork in Howardsgate), and The Cross Hands, in reality the Parkway Bar in Welwyn Garden City town centre.
Also known as the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy
* Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A romantic zombie horror comedy – features a red strawberry flavoured Cornetto.
* Hot Fuzz (2007)
A buddy cop action movie – includes classic original blue Cornetto.
* The World’s End (2013)
A sci-fi comedy – will feature a green mint choc-chip Cornetto.
Pubs, a shop and the Broadway cinema in Letchworth Garden City also double as stop-off points further along the road to reaching The World’s End.
As well as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz duo Pegg and Frost teaming up to play Gary King and lawyer Andy respectively, the film also features The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman as estate agent Oliver, Paddy Considine as architectural consultant Steven and Eddie Marsan as car dealer Peter.
Ex-Bond girl Rosamund Pike is also in the film as love interest Sam.
The World’s End is due for UK cinema release on Friday, July 19. It comes out on August 23 in the USA.
The film will have a 15 age rating in the UK, the same as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.