A while back, my boyfriend shoved Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life into my precious little hands, and I absolutely adored the part real, part video-game-ish love story (with ninjas!). Ever since we heard there was going to be a movie made of the series, we've been wondering who could play Scott, the books' 20-something, goofy, mediocre-music-playing slacker antihero who must defeat his crush's seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win her heart. One name came to mind: Michael Cera.
So you can just imagine the squeal that escaped from my mouth upon reading that Cera is in final negotiations to play Scott in the film, which is being directed by Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright. Wright and Cera met while filming one of those many viral promos for Superbad, and apparently neither wants that to be their last collaboration.
I think this could be a great role for Cera — a bit of a stretch, but certainly something he can pull off. Scott's awkward, like many of Cera's best characters, but it's a different kind of awkward: the awkwardness of someone who thinks he's actually pretty cool. Plus, he gets to date not one but two girls! And play a lot of bad music and video games! And have ninja battles! I'd rather him in the role than someone who plays the more traditional slacker dude but doesn't have a lot of heart.
If you've read any of Scott Pilgrim, do you think Cera could pull off this role? And if you haven't, how much would you like to see Cera kick some ass for a change?