"Me? They call me The King!" These are the final words (for now) of Simon Pegg’s self-confident warrior character Gary King from Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, an uproarious comedy released in 2013. I say for now because Pegg has a hope that he might one day wear King’s trenchcoat one day. I’ll let him explain.
I was lucky enough to catch up with Simon Pegg at the World Premiere of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, where he once again plays IMF agent Benji Dunn. This is the third time Pegg is playing the character, something he only has managed to do in the Star Trek series (where he has played Scotty twice and is about to play him again). On the red carpet for Chris McQuarrie’s sequel, I asked Pegg which other character from his past he’d love to revisit one day, and he went right for the throne of The King:
I’d love to play Gary King again from The World’s End. He was a character I really loved playing. He was a character that was extremely complicated. The last moment of the movie is this sort of post-apocalyptic world, so I’d like to see Gary King in the post-apocalyptic world, having adventures."
And now I need to see that, instantly. The World’s End was a completely unexpected sci-fi adventure that looked, on the surface, like it was going to be about old friends trying to reconnect while pulling off a Newton Haven pub crawl. Only, the movie took a welcome left turn, to the point that if they ever did a sequel, it would be set in a Mad Max-esque future where civilization has been reduced to a Dark Age because technology has essentially been wiped away by an alien race. Yep, it was that type of movie.
So, what’s preventing it? Well, for one, Edgar Wright planned The World’s End to be the conclusion of his Cornetto Trilogy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, so continuing this story wasn’t in the cards. Pegg, meanwhile, is crazy busy with Star Trek Beyond, which he’s co-writing and co-starring in. Could it happen eventually? Of course, but it seems like wishful thinking at the moment. Here’s Pegg, in context:
Also, look for Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, in theaters on July 31.