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Benedict Cumberbatch and Gemma Arterton look set to join the cast of the 'sci-fi farce', which is scheduled to begin filming in 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch and Gemma Arterton look set to join the cast of the Monty Python troupe's long-awaited return to cinema, Absolutely Anything, reports The Wrap.

Sherlock star Cumberbatch is said to be in talks for the project, which will be directed by Python Terry Jones from a script he co-wrote with Gavin Scott. Arterton has already signed on the dotted line, with filming set to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

Previously described as a "sci-fi farce", Absolutely Anything will feature Pythons Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and John Cleese voicing aliens who are able to give humans the power to do "absolutely anything." According to The Wrap, the film centres on a teacher who benefits from the extra terrestrials' aid: he soon discovers he has magical powers »

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