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Arterton, Cumberbatch join Python

7 November 2012

TV Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch and former Bond girl Gemma Arterton have joined the cast for the latest Monty Python film...30 years after the last one.

They're in talks to join the comedy Absolutely Anything, which will be directed by Python veteran Terry Jones and features voiceovers from regulars Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin and series newcomer Robin Williams.

The story - written by Jones and The Borrowers' Gavin Scott - follows a teacher who experiences a series of mishaps after discovering he has magical powers.

It's been nearly three decades since The Meaning of Life which followed Monty Python and The Holy Grail and The Life of Brian.

Quantum of Solace's Arterton will next be seen in Song for Marion opposite Terence Stamp, Christopher Eccleston and Vanessa Redgrave while Cumberbatch has a motion-capture role in this autumn's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

He also plays the villain in next year's highly-anticipated J.J. Abrams follow-up Star Trek into Darkness.