Will lead the already shooting Indie 'psycho comedy' that takes paranoid schizophrenia to a whole new level!

If you have been following Simon Pegg's twitter page lately you will know that the British comedian has been filming a secret project over July that fuelled a rabid fanboy speculation over what it might be. The optimistic Pegg fans were hoping for At World's End, the final part of he, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost's Blood & Ice Cream trilogy that would follow the zom-rom-com Shaun of the Dead and the police action comedy Hot Fuzz into the apocalyptic genre that we have heard so much about over the years. And the really, really optimistic were hopeful that it may, somehow, have been a scene or two from the Star Trek sequel that we still hear J.J. Abrams hopes to shoot late summer. In the end the announcement came a few hours ago of what Pegg has been teasing and although it's not quite as cool as the two fanboy wishes above, it's still a project to put on the radar. Simon Pegg will be starring in A Fantastic Fear of Everything, an Indie 'psycho comedy' where he would play a former children's author turned crime novelist whose own research into Victorian Jack the Ripper's has made him paranoid about.... well just about everything from 'love, laundry, and, serial killers'. It's a comedy for all those who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia and we're in for this. Music video director Chris Hopewell (The Killers, Radiohead) and Crispian Mills (the grandson of John Mills and front-man of Kula Shaker) are co-directing. Full plot synopsis below from the press release below;
Jack is alone for Christmas. A former children€™s author, now turned crime novelist, Jack spends his nights pacing about, entrenched in his latest script €˜Decades of Death€™ with only his gruesome research into Victorian serial killers for company. A sensitive artist, who lacks even the simple courage to buy his own toilet paper, this research into all the most notorious hackers and poisoners of the late 19th century has made him paranoid and insomniac. Jack starts carrying a carving knife around with him due to €˜an irrational fear of being murdered€™ and begins to suspect everybody he meets, from the waiter in the restaurant, to the newspaper vendor, to the friendly local ASBO hoodies. But when Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his €˜big break€™ rapidly turns into his €˜big breakdown€™, as Jack is forced to confront his worst fears; among them, love, laundry, and, serial killers. It€™s because of his agent€™s unprecedented request that he €˜look smart€™ for the big meeting, that Jack€™s career now rests precariously on his ability to tackle his irrational fear of launderettes. However, Jack soon has to deal with far more than the simple embarrassment of exposing his own soiled load in public. Harangued by the ghost of his ex-wife, and guided by the sage-like counsel of his psychotherapist (who once cured a girl of her phobia of open bananas), Jack makes his fateful €˜trip downtown€™, taking him through the shadowy dystopia of a modern Noir London and onto the bright neon lights of the Lotus Laundromat, where his inability to operate a washing machine, (and the unfortunate fact that he€™s still carrying a carving knife), triggers a series of unexpected events bringing him face to face with real danger, real crime, real fear, and even reality TV; involving an encounter with the most beautiful girl in London, a highly embarrassing personal injury, a bruising encounter with the strong arm of the law, and ultimately an unexpected fight for his life at the hands of a real serial killer€
Supporting cast already includes Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Sheridan Smith (Hysteria) and Clare Higgins (The Golden Compass), and newcomer Alan Drake. Look for this one next year. Meanwhile, check out The Killers music video for 'Smile Like You Mean It' and Radiohead's 'There There' for an idea of their work;
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.