nobody movie_Simon Pegg stars in a film about Gef the talking mongoose

A new film which will explore the story of Gef the Talking Mongoose (or Dalby Spook) has started production in Leeds.

US entertainment news site meeting has announced that Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) have signed on to star in Nandor Fodor and The Talking Mongoose.

The film follows Nandor Fodor, the Hungarian-American parapsychologist who investigated claims of a talking mongoose here on the Isle of Man.

Pegg will star as Fodor, while Driver will play Fodor’s assistant Anne in the project, which is being described as a dark comedy.

Writer-director Adam Sigal said, “Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose is such a unique story that I couldn’t believe it was true.

“There is no one other than Simon who could embody this character and take us on this insane journey and I can’t wait to get started.”

Other starring roles include Tim Downie (Good Omens), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Gary Beadle (In the Heart of the Sea) and Drew Moerlin (V/H/S).

Gef, the supposedly talking mongoose, is said to have lived in an Irving family farmhouse in Cashen’s Gap, near Dalby.

The story received extensive coverage in the tabloids across Britain in the early 1930s.

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