The only Simon Pegg casting news Cinema Blend readers want to hear have the words “Star,” “Trek” and “sequel” in the headline. But before the Hot Fuzz star boards the Enterprise for the follow up to J.J. Abrams’ spectacular reboot, he’s going to headline a comedy titled A Fantastic Fear of Everything, according to a press release we just received.

Written and directed by former musician Crispian Mills, Fantastic Fear casts Pegg as Jack, a one-time children’s author who decides to try his hand at crime novels, only to realize that his intense research into the work of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a nervous wreck. Things go from bad to worse when a mysterious Hollywood executive takes an interest in Jack’s writings, offering him his first big break in the film industry. Too bad the writer’s too mentally, physically and emotionally battered to do anything about it.

The premise appears to play right into Pegg’s comedy stylings. Anyone who has seen Paul and Shaun of the Dead knows he can do self-deprecating humor, and his timing is close to brilliant. However, Pegg also has proven over the years that he needs help, be it from frequent collaborator Nick Frost or the guidance of director Edgar Wright. When the creative pairing isn’t right between Pegg and his director, we end up with misfires like David Schwimmer’s Run Fatboy Run or the painfully unfunny How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

Pegg’s currently shooting Fantastic Fear at Shepperton Studios in London alongside co-stars Alan Drake, Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Clare Higgins (Hellraiser) and Sheridan Smith (Hysteria). It will be released in the U.S. through Indomina’s North American distribution division, though we’re not sure when.

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