Michael Cera Cast in Edgar Wright's 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?