The World’s End, released in 2013, was the final installment of the “Cornetto Trilogy,” the brilliant, incisive trio of comedies made by director Edgar Wright, as well as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Coming on the heels of breakout success Shaun of the Dead and the postmodern buddy cop comedy, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End once more tackled the idea of individuality in an increasingly and overwhelmingly homogenized culture. Given the talent behind it, though, it’s also a hilarious movie with a whole lot of beer drinking.
What have the actors been up to since their fateful pub crawl? A lot, apparently.
Since first attracting a cult fan following over a decade ago when he acted in the British sci-fi series, Spaced, Pegg’s star has been quietly on the rise.
Beginning with 2004’s hilarious, clever zombie comedy, Shaun of the Dead (which he co-wrote with regular collaborator, Edgar Wright), the English actor crossed over into mainstream. Since then, he’s become familiar to moviegoers with a recurring role alongside Tom Cruise in the Mission: Impossible films; Pegg plays a geeky but ultimately brave sidekick, a character he described as “very much an ordinary person who finds himself in an extraordinary situation.” Hearing him describe an on-set prank war with Tom Cruise, this seems apt.
Since starring in The World’s End, Pegg has only continued his evolution into an action star of sorts. This year, he reprised his role as Benji Dunn in the newest Mission: Impossible, and he’s currently filming the new Star Trek film, again portraying iconic spaceship engineer Scotty. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also slated to appear in the newest Star Wars, directed by J.J. Abrams.
Since befriending Simon Pegg while working at a Mexican restaurant in the North of London, the two have regularly worked together.
In The World's End, Frost plays Andy, the now-sober friend harangued by Pegg into one more attempt at The Golden Mile, an epic pub crawl. Needless to say, Andy doesn’t remain sober for long, and in the ensuing alien mayhem, the crawl takes an adventurous turn.
Since then, Frost and Pegg lent their voices to the animated 2014 film, The Boxtrolls. After that, the 43-year old actor starred in two underwhelming comedies: alongside Rashida Jones in the salsa dancing story, Cuban Fury, and in the bro’d out ensemble, Unfinished Business, with Vince Vaughn.
More promising is his newest feature, The Huntsman, a spinoff of the 2012 retelling of Snow White. It also stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt.
If you weren’t aware that Martin Freeman has actually been in all three Cornetto films, no one would blame you. In Shaun of the Dead, he has a very brief (non-speaking) role and makes an equally short cameo as a cop in their 2007 flick, Hot Fuzz. Luckily for audiences, Pegg and Frost upgraded him to a leading role in World’s End.
Not that Freeman was struggling to find work.Freeman has kept busy, playing Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit films, Dr. Watson in the BBC series, Sherlock, and in-over-his-head insurance salesman Lester Nygaard in the critically acclaimed television series, Fargo. Freeman has kept busy.
He is currently filming two projects. He’ll be in theaters in The Taliban Shuffle, a comedy about war correspondents in Iraq, and the new Marvel sequel, Captain America: Civil War.
Often typecast in villainous or unsavory roles, Considine has managed a respectable and varied career over the last decade plus, including roles in 24 Hour Party People, The Bourne Ultimatum, Submarine, and the 2013 Jesse Eisenberg thriller, The Double.
Since The World’s End, he filmed alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the well-received adaptation of Macbeth. Next year will see the release of She Who Brings Gifts, a post-apocalyptic thriller. He’s also slated to appear in season three of the popular Netflix original, Peaky Blinders.
Starting your career as a “Bond girl” is quite promising, and Rosamund Pike has definitely lived up to it. After her 2002 turn in Die Another Day, she’s developed a bold, varied body of work, doing everything from Jane Austen romances (Pride & Prejudice) to interesting period pieces (An Education) and, err, video game adaptations (Doom).
After her part as Sam Chamberlain, the romantic interest in World’s End, she filmed her second Nick Hornby adaptation, A Long Way Down, and again collaborated with Simon Pegg in the comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.
Last year, though, she made her biggest splash in David Fincher’s adaptation of the best-selling novel, Gone Girl. This role won her an Academy nod for best actress.
One of the most iconic 007s, Brosnan was also the Bond with whom his World’s End co-star, Rosamund Pike, got her start.
With his trademark ageless good looks, Brosnan made a name for himself on television in Remington Steele before becoming a bonafide celebrity playing James Bond.
Not one to limit his range, Brosnan was also memorable in the volcano disaster flick, Dante’s Inferno, the alien invasion comedy Mars Attacks!, and in the runaway musical hit, Mamma Mia!
After his small role in The World’s End—in which he urges the characters to simply accept the alien invasion—Brosnan has produced seven films: three romantic comedies and four action thrillers.
Nighy, who has appeared in all three Cornetto films, doesn’t actually appear in the final installment. Instead, he voices The Network, the extraterrestrial, disembodied intelligence attempting to take over the world.
The 65-year old Brit made waves in Love Actually, and has gone on to act in well known films such as Pirates of the Caribbean (as Davy Jones) and Harry Potter (as Rufus Scrimgeour, the Minister of Magic).
Since World’s End, he lent his voice to two more films, and has appeared in an additional four, including the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and I, Frankenstein. On the stage, he was nominated for a Tony for his role in the David Hare play, Skylight.