Simon Pegg Talks Burke And Hare

And Star Trek 2 coming soon...

Simon Pegg is currently spanning time and space like some kind of acting Tardis. Next up for him is John Landis' 19th century Gothic, Burke And Hare, before he's carried to present day Area 51 in Greg Mottola's Paul. Following that he spins up the warp drive to reprise his role as Scotty in the J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel.

Pegg was at the Jameson Empire Awards to collect the Best Sci-fi gong for Star Trek, so what better time to ask for an update on the next Trek instalment? "I bug J.J. on a regular basis and he just fobs me off," he laughed. "But I saw Zoe Saldana recently and she reckons that it's going to be soon. I would imagine it'll be toward the end of the year, but I can't guarantee it."

So there you have it, Trekkers: 'soon-ish' is the word, although with no news yet on when Alex Kurtzman and Rob Orci's script will be delivered, don't expect to reboard the Enterprise until the second half of 2012 at the earliest.

In the meantime, Burke And Hare pairs Pegg with Andy Serkis as notorious Edinburgh corpse-peddlers William Burke and William Hare in John Landis' big screen return. Expect moral ambiguity in spades. "It's about two guys who murder for money but you're encouraged to like them and be on their side," Pegg told us. "It's interesting morally because it challenges the audience's perception of who they are. It's light-hearted but there's a very dark, unsettling truth at the heart of it ."

And what of the body count? "The gore comes more from the medical side, when they hand over the bodies, but yeah, you see to pretty gruesome stuff."

Last but far from least, Pegg confirmed that The World's End, the final part of his and Edgar Wright's Blood and Ice Cream trilogy - aka 'Three Colours: Cornetto' - is still very much on the cards. "At some point when Edgar (Wright) finishes Scott Pilgrim and I'm finished on Paul when we're going to write it." Both he and Wright are their keeping cards close to their chest, but whatever goodness they have in store, colour us excited.