Simon Pegg Takes Rare Villain Role in Action-Thriller Becky

Simon Pegg will be terrorizing a teen at a lake house in the new movie, Becky.

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Directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, who brought us 2017’s disappointing Dave Bautista-heavy outing Bushwick, are lining up the main cast for their next project, an action-thriller currently called Becky, which is due to start filming in a few months.

In a rare move, Simon Pegg has signed up to be the central villain of the piece, starring opposite Annabelle: Creation‘s Lulu Wilson. Pegg tends to feature primarily as a lovable sort on screen, but this new role is set to test him beyond the limits of turns like The Editor in Doctor Whos “The Long Game” (didn’t he also play a character based on Toby Young? – Ed).

Via Deadline, the story of Becky centres on Wilson’s Becky (natch) “a rebellious 13-year-old who is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father in an effort to reconnect after her mother’s death. The trip takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (Pegg), invades the lake house. Becky decides to take matters into her own hands.”

That may sound fairly by-the-numbers at this stage, but we live to be surprised.

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Pegg will next be seen in thriller Inheritance opposite Lily Collins, and is among the voice cast for upcoming animated adventure flick, Hump, and Netflix’s Dark Crystal TV series. Star Trek Beyond may have been the last we’ll see of him as Scotty in that particular franchise, however, as a proposed fourth instalment was recently shelved at Paramount. We assume that Christopher McQuarrie’s planned Mission: Impossible sequels will continue to feature Pegg, though.

More info on Becky when it arrives.