Simon Pegg is to take the lead role in upcoming British comedy-drama A Fantastic Fear of Everything, it has been announced.
The Paul star will play a crime author hampered by paranoid delusions about his own mortality in the film, the debut feature from Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills.
The psycho-comedy has already commenced production in London and at Shepperton Studios, Middlesex, with Alan Drake, Amara Khan, Clare Higgins and Sheridan Smith on board for the first production from Pinewood Films.
"We are thrilled to be announcing Pinewood's involvement in A Fantastic Fear of Everything," said Pinewood chief executive Ian Dunleavy.
"We have waited for the right project, at the right time to launch our new investment scheme and with the involvement of Keel Films, Universal Acquisitions and Simon Pegg this is the perfect fit for the Studios."
A press release announcing the film confirms that Pegg will play Jack, "a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered".
"When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script," the release continues, "what should be his 'big break' rapidly turns into his 'big breakdown', as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear."