The World’s End new UK release date announced

PUBLISHED: 11:09 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:17 30 April 2013

Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Eddie Marsan

Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Eddie Marsan

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A NEW release date for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s eagerly-awaited new movie The World’s End, which was filmed in Welwyn Garden City, has officially been announced.

The repainted The Parkway Bar in Welwyn Garden City doubling as The Cross Hands - the fourth pub visited by the gang in The World's EndThe repainted The Parkway Bar in Welwyn Garden City doubling as The Cross Hands - the fourth pub visited by the gang in The World's End

Co-written by Hertfordshire-based actor Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, the apocalyptic comedy was initially due to hit the UK screens in August.

But director Edgar Wright tweeted on Tuesday: “Hey UK, would you like to see ‘The World’s End’ released a whole MONTH earlier?”

The new date for the third and final part of Pegg and Wright’s ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ or ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ trilogy – following box office smashes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – has now been confirmed for July 19.

Simon Pegg tweeted yesterday (Tuesday): “It’s official! RT @edgarwright Prepare for barmageddon: ‘The World’s End’ hits UK cinemas on JULY 19TH!

The World’s End pub crawl

* The First Post

* The Old Familiar

* The Famous Cock

* The Cross Hands

* The Good Companions

* The Trusty Servant

* The Two Headed Dog

* The Mermaid

* The Beehive

* The King’s Head

* The Hole in the Wall

* The World’s End

The World’s End was shot on location in Welwyn Garden City, Letchworth Garden City and St Albans last year.

It stars Pegg, with his hair dyed black, as Gary King and sees five childhood friends reunite and try to attempt an epic pub crawl through their home town of Newton Haven.

When they were teenagers, the gang only managed nine of the 12 pubs on the list.

Pegg’s character is wearing a black Sisters of Mercy T-shirt underneath a long black coat in pictures taken on set in Howardsgate, WGC.

Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Nick Frost during filming of The World's End in Welwyn Garden City town centreMartin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Nick Frost during filming of The World's End in Welwyn Garden City town centre

The Goth-loving fortysomething is the one who drags his reluctant pals on the 12-pub marathon, starting at The First Post and finishing at The World’s End.

But things don’t go as planned and the lads’ night out soon goes wrong.

As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs, but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

Nick Frost, who also appeared alongside Pegg in zombie rom-com Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, plays successful lawyer Andy in a pink shirt and light coloured overcoat. He was Gary’s best mate as kids.

Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, wearing a black Sisters of Mercy T-shirt, during filming of The World's End in Welwyn Garden City town centreEddie Marsan, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, wearing a black Sisters of Mercy T-shirt, during filming of The World's End in Welwyn Garden City town centre

The Hobbit and Sherlock actor Martin Freeman, who lives in Hertfordshire near Brookmans Park, plays estate agent Oliver, complete with Bluetooth device in his ear.

Completing the gang of five are Paddy Considine as former rocker-turned-consultant Steven and Eddie Marsan as car dealer Peter.

The World’s End also stars former Bond girl Rosamund Pike.

During the shoot in WGC, pubs in the town centre were renamed for the film and are, according to early posters for the movie, the first four watering holes visited on the epic journey.

Simon Pegg's The World's End retweet about the film's new UK release dateSimon Pegg's The World's End retweet about the film's new UK release date

The Doctors Tonic, in Church Road, was renamed the The Old Familiar, while The Peartree pub in Hollybush Lane, Woodhall, was transformed into The First Post – the starting point of the pub crawl.

The Cork, in Howardsgate, became The Famous Cock, while The Parkway Bar, in Parkway, doubled as The Cross Hands – the fourth watering hole on the route.

During filming, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol star Pegg also took time out to start the Hatfield House Bonfire Night fireworks display.

Co-stars Pegg and Frost also switched on the Letchworth Christmas lights while filming in the Garden City.

Movie fans will soon get a first glimpse of The World’s End, with director Edgar Wright tweeting: “And yes, since the film is coming soon, the trailer is also very coming soon. With which film you say? Have a guess...”

He also tweeted: ‘The World’s End’ is not in 3D, but I recommend you eat a mint Cornetto while watching for full sensory overload.”

* Visit the picture gallery above right to see photographs of The World’s End being filmed on set in Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth, Hertfordshire.


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