Simon Pegg has signed on to star in the dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Here’s the synopsis:
Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. 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 demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.
I definitely like the dichotomy of children’s author/crime novelist and it sounds like Pegg could have some fun with the role, although I don’t know how dark the comedy will be based solely off the logline. Alan Drake, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins and Sheridan Smith are on board to co-star. Crispian Mills will direct from his own script alongside Chris Hopewell. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is currently shooting at Shepperton and is part of Pinewood Studios’ new initiative to support low-budget British films. [Update: We've added a much longer synopsis after the jump along with the press release.]