Lee and Curry join Burke and Hare

Stellar casting for the British comedy continues...


The cast for John Landis’ new film already includes the top-notch likes of Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis (as the titular duo), and Isla Fisher and Tom Wilkinson.

Well, it’s just gotten even better, with a flock of new talent descending on the production.

"Who?" we hear you cry. Only the inimitable Christopher Lee and Tim Curry!

The latter has been contributing his dulcet tones to a raft of animated fare for the past decade or so. Perhaps the last time we actually enjoyed him on the big screen was in 2004's Kinsey (we’re not counting his great TV work in Alice and The Colour of Magic).

Meanwhile, Lee can be seen as the fearsome Jabberwock in this year’s rendering of Alicein Wonderland.

Principal photography on Burke and Hare began at the end of January, with shooting locations including London, Edinburgh and Ealing Studios.

Landis calls the flick “a very black romantic comedy in the classic tradition of the Ealing Studios’ Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers”.

The official synopsis:

Burke and Hare is a comedic take on the true story of the 1828 Edinburgh body-snatchers William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis).

These two Irish entrepreneurs discover that a dead body can fetch a hefty price when the demands of the leading medical professors Dr. Knox (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Monroe (Tim Curry) reach beyond that of the local supply.

Other new additions to the cast include Jessica Hynes, Bill Bailey, Reece Shearsmith, Ronnie Corbett, Hugh Bonneville, David Schofield,Allan Corduner and Michael Smiley.

Great cast = great film? What do you think...?

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    • sher8181

      Feb 5th 2010, 16:44

      To this day,I always thought Christopher Lee was the best Dracula out of all the actors who portrayed this blood sucker. Tim Curry, I've followed for many years. Yes, it started with Rocky Horror. Since then, I've watched him in just about every film he's been in. I have been very disappointed in that he's done more voiceover work than being a visible presence in films over the years. I always felt he was and is one of the most underrated and best actors of our time. Not to mention his singing. His performances have been no less than stellar over the years, and to me his talent was being wasted. I'm thrilled he's going to be in this film. He and Lee will make a great team, and I'll finally get to see them both in what sounds like a really good movie. Can't wait to see this one!

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    • Gibbo79

      Feb 5th 2010, 23:00

      John Landis + Tim Curry = a giant shiny turd

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