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Jenny Agutter to appear in John Landis film

By Tim Masters
Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

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Agutter also worked with Landis on 1987's Amazon Women on the Moon

Actress Jenny Agutter has revealed she has a role in the new John Landis body-snatcher movie Burke and Hare.

It is the first time the pair have worked together on a full Landis feature since 1981's cult horror-comedy An American Werewolf in London.

"It's just a tiny appearance," Agutter told the BBC at the London Evening Standard Film Awards this week.

"I'm playing an actress going for a role, which is rather bizarre in the middle of Burke and Hare."

The film, starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, marks a return to feature films for Landis after a break of more than 10 years.

It is based on the true story of 19th Century serial killers William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their victims for dissection.

Agutter said: "It's a very funny script. Landis manages to make the horror and comedy sit so closely together.

"There's something fascinating about that story and how they were able to do what they did by being supported by the medical profession at that time."

She is due to film her part on the film this week.

In An American Werewolf in London, Agutter played a young nurse, Alex Price, who fell in love with a werewolf victim.

Landis' other notable work includes The Blues Brothers, Animal House and, most famously, the ground-breaking Thriller video which accompanied Michael Jackson's global hit.

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