Multiple Casting Updates for Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs the World
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 17, 2009
Hold on to your bass guitars and skinny jeans. Edgar Wright's anticipated adaptation of the indie comic Scott Pilgrim that we first mentioned last year has seen a recent torrent of casting news over the last week. And let me just say, the good news keeps flowin' from this charmingly offbeat tale. As a brief intro, Scott Pilgrim is about a 23-year-old Canadian slacker and wannabe-rockstar who plays bass in the band "Sex Bob-Omb" that falls in love with an American delivery girl but must defeat her seven "evil exes" in order to win her heart. There's obviously a bit more to it, but considering Wright needs to find at least seven evil exes, that means there's a lot of roles to be filled. The latest additions are as follows.
» First, the role of Scott Pilgrim's hip, gay roommate Wallace Wells will be played by Kieran Culkin, confirmed first by HitFix. The character of Wallace Wells is considered to be the more responsible of the pair and, at least in the comic, shares a bed with Pilgrim (although Pilgrim himself is not gay). Kieran hasn't been in a film since his role in Igby Goes Down in 2002, though his slate is full of upcoming releases, including the hotly anticipated Lymelife debuting at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
» Up next, the Hollywood Reporter confirms that the role of Julie has been given to Aubrey Plaza. Julie is the obnoxious, on-and-off girlfriend of the lead singer of Scott Pilgrim's band. Plaza's career has recently taken off with roles landed on an upcoming NBC comedy series starring Amy Poehler as well as a key role in Funny People helmed by none other than Judd Apatow.
» Scott Pilgrim's Chinese schoolgirl stalker Knives Chau will be played by the relatively unknown Ellen Wong, first announced by Empire. I've been assured that the stalking in question is of the most innocent and cute variety possible.
» Our friends over at SlashFilm are gleaning the rumor mill and have found at least a possible casting choice for Ramona's first ex, Matthew Patel; the role may possibly go to the young actor Arshad Aslam. From his casting photos, he looks like a sure fit to me!
» The role of Ramona's second ex, Lucas Lee, will be played by none other than Chris Evans (via AICN)! Yes, Johnny Storm, or as I like to remember him, Mace from Danny Boyle's knockout psychological sci-fi opus Sunshine. It would appear Evans will be able to draw from the former character especially, as Lucas Lee is a cocky, evil pro-skateboarder turned movie star.
These additions seem to fit in perfect unison with the previously announced Mary Elizabeth Winstead for Scott's lovely desire Ramona V. Flowers and Michael Cera as the titular character Scott Pilgrim. The film is based on a six-volume graphic novel set written by Bryan Lee O'Malley that was 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 and pick up some issues over on Amazon. This is a young, vibrant, up-and-coming cast for a property that requires nothing less. And with Edgar Wright's more-than-competent directing at the helm, this adaptation is most certainly one of my most anticipated films of the next year.