It’s official! John Landis is back behind the camera for Burke and Hare, and filming has commenced. We all know that this is gonna be good, but things have actually just gotten a bit better with the addition of the great Tim Curry to the cast! Excited yet?
Principal photography commenced on January 31st around London, Edinburgh, and Ealing Studios with Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek, “Spaced”) as William Burke and recent addition Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Lord of the Rings, King Kong) as William Hare.
Other casting includes Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic) as Ginny, an ambitious young actress and Burke’s love interest, and Jessica Hynes neé Stevenson (“Spaced”, Son of Rambow, Shaun of the Dead) as Hare’s haggard and suffering wife, Lucky.
The remaining supporting cast consists of Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty, Michael Clayton), Ronnie Corbett (“Extras”), Reece Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen), David Schofield (Pirates of the Caribbean), Allan Corduner (Topsy Turvey), Bill Bailey (Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang, Black Books), Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill), and Michael Smiley (“Spaced”).
For those unfamiliar with the misdeeds of Burke and Hare, which were known as the West Port Murders — These crimes were perpetrated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1827 and 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their seventeen victims to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection.
Look for more on this one very soon!
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