We’ve heard about the project’s development for quite a while – there was even a poster released way back in 2013 – but now we have the first trailer for Absolutely Anything, a new sci-fi comedy starring Simon Pegg and directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

The plot is as follows:

Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens, watching him from space. As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion Dennis to help him along the way. Mishap after mishap finally leads him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread and at which many have failed….should he choose the girl….or the dog….?

The plot and following trailer makes it feel like a sort of cross between The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Bruce Almighty. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a fun mix! Check out the trailer below:

It’s great to see Jones back in the director’s chair (his last non-documentary feature was the 1996 adaptation of The Wind in the Willows) and I have to admit the fact that the film is written by Gavin Scott, he of Small Soldiers fame, twinges my childhood nostalgia just a bit.

Alongside Pegg in the lead role, it has a terrific supporting cast including the Monty Python team (voicing the aliens), Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle, Merra Syal and, rather sadly, the last ever performance by the late-great Robin Williams as the voice of the dog.

What do you think of the trailer?

Absolutely Anything is released on August 14th.

Sources: Lionsgate UK, First Showing