Yesterday, we reported on a tweet by Simon Pegg that said David Tennant had been replaced by Andy Serkis in John Landis’ upcoming historical horror flick Burke & Hare. However, Pegg quickly deleted his twitter post and we were left to wonder if he prematurely tweeted. It happens to lots of guys. And girls. But Heat Vision now confirms that Serkis has replaced Tennant (who has moved off the project to join the upcoming NBC pilot Rex is Not My Lawyer); plus, Isla Fisher and Tom Wilkinson have also been cast.
Pegg and Serkis will play the 19th-century killers William Burke and William Hare, respectively, who started murdering folks so they could cash in on some sweet cadaver money when they sold the corpses to doctors who wanted to study anatomy. Fisher will play Burke’s girlfriend, “an actress looking for a patron who might or might not be an accomplice to the murders.” As for Wilkinson, he’ll play “Dr. Robert Knox, an anatomy lecturer looking for fresh corpses.” And what ever Dr. Knox wants to use those corpses for is his business.
Burke & Hare is scheduled to begin filming on January 31st in Edinburgh and London.