Cornetto caper for "go to funny girl" Rosamund Pike

Cornetto caper for 'go to funny girl' Rosamund Pike

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00:53 GMT, 10 August 2012

Rosamund Pike's playful side has come out

Rosamund Pike's playful side has come out

Rosamund Pike has become the ‘go to’ funny girl for big-screen comedies.

Edgar Wright has picked her to star with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in The World’s End, the final part of the trio’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy.

In case you’re wondering, it’s so called because in their two previous pictures, Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, the characters played by Nick Frost buy a Cornetto ice cream (my thanks to film blogger Novroz for pointing this out).

Ms Pike (left) will begin shooting with Pegg and Frost next month.

The World’s End is, ostensibly, about a group of friends going on a marathon pub crawl, but as Mr Frost pointed out when I was on the set of his latest film Cuban Fury (which, by the way, looks so much fun) ‘it’s deeper than just a pub crawl’.

It was the movie An Education that showed off Rosamund’s cool playfulness, in her role as Dominic Cooper’s beautiful but dim girlfriend. She displayed marvellous comic timing — and it didn’t go unnoticed.

Nick Hornby, who wrote the screenplay for An Education (it was based on a memoir by Lynn Barber), told me he planned to write an original comedy just for Rosamund — something he confirmed again to me a few weeks ago. ‘I’m writing it, and it will happen,’ he said.

After An Education, Rosamund did Johnny English Reborn and Wrath Of The Titans — which was also a comedy, right

She will be seen next playing a defence lawyer opposite Tom Cruise in the film Jack Reacher, based on Lee Child’s thriller One Shot.

Expect much more funny business from one of our best actresses in the future.

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What a way to finish: The Spice Girls may close the show

The two-hour mega-gig will involve the full spectrum of legitimate rock ’n’ roll — everything from The Who all the way down to the likes of The Spice Girls and One Direction. But Adele will not be performing. ‘She’s pregnant and it would have been too much,’ I was told.

The Rolling Stones are not participating, either. They were asked, but declined because Mick Jagger wasn’t able to persuade some of the other Stones to embrace the event.

Whatever happens, the ceremony will have plenty of rhythm thanks to 40 performers from various productions of the long-running show Stomp (they’re coming from London, New York and elsewhere in Europe), plus 100 dancers and 300 volunteers.

The Stompers will be banging dustbin lids, scratching washboards, kitchen sinks and whatever else they can lay their hands on.

I bet you can beat out a pretty cool rhythm on a gold medal.