Apocalyptic stories are big this year, and this summer the genre is moving into more humorous territory. First we’re getting the star-studded This Is the End. While that looks like it’s going to be a pretty damn good time, the one that many intrepid moviegoers are highly stoked for is The World’s End. Both obviously deal with cataclysmic events that may or may not signify the destruction of our world. Hot on the heels of the first trailer for the film, we now have two new posters for The World’s End.
Hitting theaters on August 23 (July 19 in the UK), The World’s End is the third in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s so-called “Cornetto Trilogy.” They’ve already taken the piss out of zombie movies with Shaun of the Dead, and action extravaganzas with Hot Fuzz, and now the friends have trained their sights on the science fiction realm. If their track record holds, The World’s End will likely function simultaneously as both a send-up and a great example of the genre it seeks to lampoon.
Two decades after attempting the pub-crawl to end all pub-crawls, a quintet of old, somewhat estranged friends reunite to finish what they started in their wayward youths. Gary King (Pegg) is the driving force behind this reunion, forcing his former buddies to return to their hometown in the hopes of reaching the last pub on the list, The World’s End. “As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s.” Apparently reaching the World’s End is both a metaphorical and literal possibility. There are also lots of blue-eyed creatures running about, what ever that means.
In addition to Pegg, The World’s End also stars Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike.