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Nandor Fodor and The Talking Mongoose: Hollywood stars Simon Pegg and Minnie Driver were spotted filming a new film in Whitby

black comedy, Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongooseis writer-director Adam Signal’s final film starring Pegg in the lead role – a Hungarian-American paranormal investigator, who, against the backdrop of British tabloid hysteria, was called to the Isle of Man in 1935 to investigate the Irving family’s claims that they had discovered a talking mongoose called Gef on their farm.

Minnie Driver will play Fodor’s assistant, with Anne, Paul Kaye, Ruth Connell and Tim Downie also joining the cast.

The filming site was discovered after Minnie Driver posted two photos of the cast on her Twitter account, with the pair posing on the banks of the River Esk, overlooking St. Mary’s Church.

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The duo are pictured wearing grubby yellow overcoats with sunglasses as Pegg sport a Fedora-style hat and Driver a scarf in Whitby Marina, off Langborne Road.

Simon Pegg confirmed on an Instagram Live that he was staying near Pickering, but joked with fans, “That’s where I am, but don’t come find me!”

The film, based on true events, went into production in Leeds with Future Artists Entertainment at the helm.

Director Adam Signal told entertainment news site Deadline: “Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose is such a unique story that I couldn’t believe it was true.

Simon Pegg and Minnie Driver, inset, were pictured together at Whitby Marina. (Photos: Frazer Harrison and Joe Maher, Getty Images)

“There’s no one but Simon who could portray this character and take us on this insane journey and I can’t wait to get started.”

The Irving family claimed to have found Gef after investigating noises coming from behind the farmhouse’s wooden wall panels. The alleged creature presented itself as a mongoose born in New Delhi, India in 1852.

The Irvings told stories of Gef turning off the stove at night, gossiping about neighbors and waking up people who overslept, however, it was widely suspected that the family’s 13-year-old daughter, Voirrey, was behind the alleged prank .

Driver earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1997 opposite Matt Damon in Goodwill hunting and has a catalog of film credits

Simon Pegg has joked with fans about not coming to find him after revealing he was in North Yorkshire. (Photo: Joe Maher/Getty)

Pegg is best known for co-writing and starring in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy – Shaun of the dead, Warm fuzzand the end of the world.

He is set to reprise his role as Benji Dunn in the seventh installment of the hit franchise. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1which was filming near Scarborough in April last year.

Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner were spotted filming fight and action scenes on a North Yorkshire Moors Railway train in Levisham, near Pickering.

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