Scott Pilgrim’s Wicked Little Cast

The Hollywood Reporter have done the right thing and put me out of my misery by unveiling eight new cast members for Edgar Wright’s Brian Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim’s Wicked Little Life.

If this were still the late 90s and Edgar Wright was still to male his second feature film (for those only casually interested in the man, Shaun of the Dead wasn’t the first, you know – that honour goes to A Fistful of Fingers. And that’s probably only if we’re counting just commercially released projects too) and was still primarily best known for the sit-com Spaced, it’d still be blindingly obvious that he was so easily the best director to take up this material.

So, who are the eight? There’s an illustrated rundown after the break, alongside one of Edgar’s typically teasing snaps of one of them.

Satya Babha – Matthew Patel, Ramona Flowers’ first evil ex.
Brandon Routh – Todd Ingram, third evil ex
Mae Whitman – Roxy Richter, fourth evil ex
Mark Webber – Stephen Stills, frontman of Sex-Bobomb, the band in which Scott plays bass
Alison Pill – Kim Pine, drummer of Sex Bob-omb
Johnny Simmons – Young Neil, Stephen Stills roommate and sometime boyfriend of Knives Chaue
Brie Larson – Envy Adams, Scott’s own ex
Anna Kendrick – Scott’s sister, Stacey

Right about now, Anna Kendrick seems to be having such a great career that I wouldn’t be surprised to find out her agent moonlights in cabaret, making people eat onions like apples and walk around clucking like chickens. Having notched up a sizeable “that girl” recognition factor from her supporting role in Twilight, she’s not only now set for Scott Pilgrim, but also the lead role in Jason Reitman’s The Air Up There, opposite George Clooney. I can see the oft-confused, yet forever distinct, glimmers of Oscar and Quality Acting on Anna, even from this distance.

Brie Larson plays the daughter of Toni Collette and John Corbet on The United States of Tara. I saw the pilot episode last night and was bowled over for a googly. What did you think of it? And what’s a googly anyway? Any cricket fans out there who can explain?

According to the casting news, then, Edgar’s latest head top picture must be of himself and Satya Babha.

The role of Matthew Patel seems to have been one of the most keenly discussed with all manner of rumours flying around (and even a mildly contentious piece of reporting by me, here, a few days back in which I didn’t say the role had been cast, but plenty were quick to assume I had). Just this time yesterday, Kashif Khan was credited with the role on imdb, and I’ve had e-mails naming him and a good few other names. I’d speculate the excitement springs from the relative scarcity of such roles – that is, parts in studio films for young Asian men.

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