Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009 by Brendon Connelly
Another bit of Scott Pilgrim vs The World casting was hidden away at the bottom of an Empire magazine article I didn’t read fully enough the first time (and let that be a lesson to me – so excited by my new /Film engagement am I, that I’m still all spiky with adrenalin). If only I’d slowed down a bit and used the scroll bar more casually, I’d have seen their announcement that Ellen Wong has signed on to play Knives Chau.
Who is Knives Chau? She was Scott “Michael Cera” Pilgrim’s girlfriend before he met Ramona “Mary Elizabeth Winstead” Flowers but she’s found it hard letting go of him. Sounds worrying, really – what with the Knives bit and all – but it isn’t. She’s quite sweet about it, though I can’t help but feel sorry for Young Neil, her new boyfriend. She’s 17, she’s a Second Cup employee and she’s Chinese-Canadian. So that’s the fictional character… who’s the actress? Who is this Ellen Wong? Well, there’s over half of a picture of her under the break. get excited now.
This is the top portion of her head, and the top portion of Edgar Wright’s head too. This picture, from Edgar’s MySpace photoblog, is what sent me back on my mission to scour every last bit of Pilgrim press to find a clue. Pinned on the wall, if you couldn’t guess, is an illustration of Knives.
Ms. Wong’s previous imdb credits (never to be confused with real credits, not that I’d know a fail-safe place online to find them) include single episode appearances in the TV shows Runaway and This is Wonderland.
There’s plenty more casting news to come – and some of it will possibly constitute plot spoiler material. The comics series runs to five volumes and we still don’t reall know how much of that will be featured in the movie. Do I want as much as possible, to sate me now? Or as little as possible, to make for more sequels?