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Michael Cera Cast in Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim

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March 19, 2008
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim

After briefly mentioning Scott Pilgrim in a post back in February, we now have confirmation that this is indeed moving forward in the fall with an actor now attached. Superbad's Michael Cera is in final negotiations to star in the comic book adaptation that is being directed by Hot Fuzz's mastermind Edgar Wright. Get this - the story is about a younger Canadian slacker and wanna-be rockstar (who plays bass in a band called the "Sex Bob-Omb") who meets the woman of his dreams but finds that he can only win her heart by battling and defeating her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Cera is probably the best fit there is!

The script was penned by both Wright and actor-writer Michael Bacall (Manic, Bookies). It's being referred to as an "adventure romance" but not a family film, which means I'm glad to see that Edgar Wright will stick with his usual more raunchy fare. Initially I was concerned that this would be a bit too childish and not up to the R-rated level that Wright typically delivers. However, I think with the right touch, this could turn into a good PG-13 flick. I'm curious to see how Wright fares directing something that doesn't star Simon Pegg or Nick Frost and isn't an R-rated horror comedy. (Note: there is no confirmation that this will be PG-13, purely speculation so far.)

The film is based on a six-volume graphic novel set written by Bryan Lee O'Malley and first published in 2004 by Oni Press. The series is currently still on-going, with four volumes released so far. You can check out the black and white graphic novel on Amazon.com.

Universal is aiming to film this in the fall, which means Edgar could also work on another film in the meantime, but I highly doubt it. That's not enough time to finish Ant-Man for Marvel nor any other film. If everything goes as planned, Scott Pilgrim will be the next Edgar Wright film we see. And screw any PG-13 speculations I may have, because I'll still be seeing this and I'll still be enjoying the hell out of it! Not only is Michael Cera a perfect fit for Scott Pilgrim, but anything Edgar Wright does I'm always in for.

Next important question - who should they going to cast as Ramona V. Flowers, the girl Scott is after?

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  • Alexander
    Hmmm. cant seem to think of any young girl actresses to pair up with Cera aside from Ellen Page, but maybe theyll cast an unknown, i like new actors/actresses
  • twispious
    Mmm more George Michael news yipee! Mmm sounds like the girl will be a pretty minor character-ie in Superbad it's all about getting "the girls" and they're these one-dimensional sex dolls who go around inspiring erections.Some pretty-face prob,I'm more interested to know who the ex-boyfriends are.
  • Curtis
    Im looking forward to this movie, Edgar Wright is a brilliant director and this well be added to his collection of great movies, in less something goes terribley wrong, but i doubt that. Great call with Michael Cera.
  • Cool Kid
    isn't this kind of ironic that cera signed up for a movie with edgar wright when edgar wright punk'd him and jonah hill during an interview for superbad. the same interview where jonah hill was gonna kick wright's ass.
  • Cool Kid, no, it's not really ironic... because they were, you know, ACTING. That "interview" was all improv.
  • Lexie
    This will be such a great movie! I'm am officially excited. Michael Cera is absolutely adorable :]
  • Bella
    Does anyone know if there will be open casting in Toronto for this movie? I would love to try out :)

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