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Exclusive! Edgar Wright Draws A Formidable Lucas Lee For SCOTT PILGRIM!

Beaks here...

I'm biased as hell, but I honestly think Edgar Wright has aced every casting decision on SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. Just this week, we learned (via HitFix's Gregory Ellwood) that Kieran Culkin will be joining Michael Cera (Scott) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Ramona) as the title character's gay roommate, Wallace. Now, we can confirm one of Ramona's Evil Exes. How does Chris Evans as skateboarder/movie star Lucas Lee strike you? For a younger Jason Lee type (which is what the character obviously needs to be), I really don't think Edgar could've done better than this. Evans was a perfect Johnny Storm in those unfortunate FANTASTIC FOUR movies, and took a huge step forward as an actor in Danny Boyle's SUNSHINE. Playing a parody of a pretty boy actor type? This is right square in his wheelhouse. He's going to kill this. I spoke with Evans the other day (for the upcoming PUSH), and he was incredibly enthusiastic about joining Edgar and the gang up in Toronto. I've completely avoided the script for this, so I'm not entirely sure which boyfriends are left to cast. Here's hoping there's a part for Craig Wasson. And if you're wondering who's playing Knives Chau, here's an incriminating photograph of Ms. Ellen Wong.

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  • Jan. 16, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Sunshine was so damn awesome

    by Stormwatcher

    Screw anyone who hates on it!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Chris Pine vs. Chris Evans

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    For young actors, I can't stand.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    "Shit" choice, if you're going for a younger Jason Lee type. You couldn't possibly have made a more wrong choice. That said Evans is a good fucking actor, despite his rather crummy roles, and Wrights no retard, so I'm sure it will work well.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    I prefer Billy Pilgrim

    by bobjustbob

    and so it goes...<p> RIP KV

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Sunshine was great...

    by The Amazing G

    I dug it

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Oni Press publishes this and they are located where?

    by DOGSOUP

    That's right. Portland, Oregon. KEEPING PORTLAND WEIRD, Oni Press does so without even trying.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST


    by red_weed

    I'll watch chris evans in anything after he made me having to sit through fantastic 4 bearable. Plus he's totally dreamy......

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I kind of dig it...

    by RpgSama

    I kind of dig chris evans for the character they are casting, a skateboarder/movie star called Lucas Lee. You need someone like him, besides he is kinda likeable, he was the only thing good in F4. We need the so full of himself ex, who better than johnny storm?

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Good god almighty I love Sunshine.

    by Xandar1977

    I can't tell you how much I love that movie. When I saw it, it immediately became my favorite movie of the year. One of the best sci-fi movies in a loooong time. Fuck all the haters. Name me a better sci-fi movie in the last few years.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Sunshine was F*cking Great!!!

    by RpgSama

    It is without a doubt one of the best sci-fi movies in years, i completely agree with xandar1977...

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST

    he was awesome in Sunshine!

    by bee152

    I wasn't sure about him until i saw Sunshine. He was great but then again so was everyone else. I would also have to give credit to Danny Boyle for that. A good actor is a good actor but a great director makes them better.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Not to undermine his performance...

    by bee152

    or anything. i wasn't trying to take anything away from him. He was good.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Sunshine was beautifully filmed and acted,

    by Dingbatty

    ** SPOILERS ** but plot points annoyed me -- particularly the part where they all go to bed while the guy turns the ship. Wouldn't they want to monitor an action that could potentially be so disastrous?

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Evans was the bomb

    by Series7

    In Not Another Teen Movie. And hasn't made a bad film since. MANCRUSH!

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Let me guess. Will Smith is in this?

    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Sunshine was awesome...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...For about 5 minutes before it turned into Event Horizon.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Glad to see all the Sunshine love.

    by raw_bean

    It was a great film. Although I have to say, of sci-fi films of the last five years, I'd put Serenity just a little higher. But anyway, Evans was the only good thing about the FF movies and I was really impressed with him in Sunshine, like the rest of you.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    As much as I think this is a fantastic project...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...I really do want to see another "Fantastic Four". That, and has anyone heard anything else about the POTP remake? I still think they should get Edgar to direct.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Only good thing of the FF films?

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Bullsheet. Chikilis nailed Grimm. And there's a moment in FF2 where Reed takes Johnny's ability and quickly uses it to stop a tourist attraction falling that was remarkably subtle and true to how intuitive Reed is. <p> I know it's cool to hate on the FF flicks, but aside from the 'HOW DID THEY LAND THE SPACE SHIP IF THEY WERE UNCONSCIOUS?' plot-hole, they're perfectly reasonable entertainment.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Sunshine would have been a good

    by comedian_x

    movie -- if the ending had been changed. Alex Garland ruins all his scripts with the same ending: great premise, great story, oh wait, hang on, let's ruin it by having a crazy guy run around killing everyone. <p>That's how he ended The Beach, 28 Days, and Sunshine.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Wait...the Sandra Bullock movie??

    by Moviekiller

    That movie would have been awesome if Viggo ran around killing everyone.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Nothing about this excites me


    That's all.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    With all due respect

    by Frat Boy

    I am a big fan of the Scott Pilgrim series, and I think the casting for this has been way off. Call me retarded, but I just don't see Michael Cera as Pilgrim.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Michael Cera is terrible!

    by listo65

    Isn't Scott Pilgrim kind of a cool kid?? even though he's poor and is kind of a scumbag, he's supposed to be a cool character who gets the girl... how the fuck is michel cera going to play him? He only has one bumbling way of acting!!!

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by I am the most horrible

    Way to be hometown proud, my homie.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Chris Evans is talented

    by dr sauch


  • Jan. 17, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I Will Lick Chris Evans 12 Pack Tum Tum

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Just to be clear. Iam a man. Chris Evans is the shit

  • Jan. 18, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I have no idea what film you're talking about

    by Brody77

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? I thought EW only did flicks with Simon Pegg? (Not that that's a bad thing)

  • Jan. 18, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by Luscious.868

    is tiresome. He always plays the same charachter. He better save all of the money he's making because his career path as "direct to video" written all over it unless he's able to break out of the teen comedy roles.

  • Jan. 18, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Ant Man?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Weren't Wright and Pegg supposed to be doing that?

  • Jan. 18, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim 5 is out next month

    by pokadoo

    ..and I think there's 2 more books after that? So is this film gonna pre-empt the book endings, or leave off for a non garantee'd sequel?

  • Jan. 18, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Pegg said he's too old for Ant Man

    by Sherman_Lives

    Of course, I say that's bollocks, as he's the same age as--if not younger than--Downey and Norton. Perhaps he's happy with one franchise (Trek) at a time. Dunno Wright's status.

  • Jan. 18, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Gotta agree with Series7

    by oh_riginal

    Dude could pull comedy off pretty well in "Not Another Teen Movie". Didn't someone once say that if you can do comedy, you can do anything?

  • Jan. 18, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Chris Evans is in a lot of shit films

    by blindambition238

    But he always comes out looking the best of everyone involved. The dude just needs to do more sunshine like films.

  • Jan. 18, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    There's only supposed to be 6 volumes

    by Prespez

    Assuming the movie comes out next year, then all six volumes should be out by the films release.

  • Jan. 19, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Missed oppourtunity for Punnery....

    by LHombreSiniestro

    "Formidable"- "FOURmidable".

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Testing out multiple accounts?

    by orcus

  • April 4, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    why is this old ass story on the front page again???

    by DarthHomercles

  • April 4, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Probably fluffling

    by orcus

    Where you artificially inflate the post count