Hey, where are Simon Pegg and Nick Frost?
Fans of director Edgar Wright’s previous films, “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead,” may be scratching their heads in regards to his latest project, titled “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” which aside from eschewing his traditional leads, is neither an original story nor an outright genre parody. It’s way better.
The film is based on a series of charming and often hilarious graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley, about a 23 year-old Canadian slacker who, in order to date the girl of his dreams, must defeat in combat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. The tone of the comics feels perfect for a frenetic, good-humored filmmaker like Wright, who just recently wrapped principal photography on the film.
Prince of Sundance Michael Cera takes on the eponymous role, which following “Youth in Revolt,” looks to further expand his image from mumbling outcast to adorable badass. MTV has spoken with Cera periodically over the production of the film, which he describes as taking an unorthodox approach to bringing the comic books' feel to the big screen.
“[Scott Pilgrim] has more air cannon and lightbulbs in it than any other movie I have ever seen,” Cera said, “It's a lot like the graphic novel. It's going to look like how the graphic novel looks.”
Sounds promising, but then again I’m one of the few who salvaged some enjoyment from the Wachowski’s “Speed Racer.” Virtually no footage has been released, but that hasn't stopped me from placing “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” at the top of my list for most anticipated films of 2010.