The Wrap bring word that Gemma Arterton has been confirmed, while Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to join the long-gestating Monty Python project, ‘Absolutely Anything.’ The comedy will include voiceovers from Monty Python alumni, including Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and John Cleese, as well as Robin Williams. Williams lends his voice to a talking dog named Dennis who appears to understand more about the mayhem that ensues than anyone else does. Directed by Jones, filming on ‘Absolutely Anything’ is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013, from a script by Jones and Gavin Scott.

The story for ‘Absolutely Anything’ revolves around a teacher who discovers he has magical powers and can make things happen with the wave of his hand. He can wipe out classrooms of badly behaving students and bring people back to life. But he experiences mishap after mishap as he tries to learn how to use these powers. The film will combine CGI and live-action, and the Pythons voice key roles “as a group of aliens who endow an earthling (said teacher) with the power to do ‘absolutely anything’ to see what a mess he’ll make of things.”