Who knew a former Bond Girl and “Pride & Prejudice”‘s graceful older sister Jane would become such a sought-after comedienne? British newspaper The Daily Mail touts Rosamund Pike to be the newest “go to funny-girl” on film, and as such, has already landed two new comedies. Pike will star alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the conclusion to Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, “The World’s End”, and writer Nick Hornby is penning a big screen comedy just for Pike to star in.
This will be Pike’s first foray into Wright’s Cornetto world, comedies that mix elements of other genres – with Pegg and Frost fighting off zombies in “Shaun of the Dead” and trying to solve a murder mystery in “Hot Fuzz.” “The World’s End”, demonstrably set at the onset of an apocalypse, is about a group of friends who partake in a marathon pub crawl, but according to Frost, “it’s deeper than just a pub crawl.” Filming begins next month. Hornby’s project, on the other hand, is much further away from production. There are no plot details at all, though the author of “About a Boy” and the screenwriter of “An Education” insisted to The Daily Mail just a few weeks ago, “I’m writing it, and it will happen.”
Pike has clearly become much more in demand since a breakout – and rather comedic – role in “An Education”, where she showed off facets of her acting ability never before seen. She went on to earn high marks for her role opposite Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s Vision”, and landed a couple of highly sought after roles, opposite Sam Worthington in sequel “Wrath of the Titans” and Tom Cruise in the upcoming thriller “Jack Reacher”, formerly “One Shot”, based on the bestselling Lee Child book series.