Toronto may get a lot of on-screen time, thanks to the Hollywood productions that are often filmed here, but it’s not very often that the city gets to play itself.
Writer and director Edgar Wright went against the flow though, taking on the big screen adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Toronto-centric graphic novel, Scott Pilgrim, which gives our fair city a unique starring role for a change in one of the coolest comic book adaptations of the year.
Starring Michael Cera as the titular geek, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a tongue-in-cheek action-comedy about a slacker trying to win the heart of the one he loves by defeating her seven evil exes. Featuring non-stop video game and pop culture references, the film is a clever modern-day fairy tale with heart, style, and charisma to spare. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World also features some of Toronto’s more interesting locations, like Casa Loma and Lee’s Palace, and proves once more that Wright is a riveting, talented filmmaker worth watching.
Last week Wright returned to the city with star Ellen Wong, who plays Knives Chau, for a special screening of the film and to meet with fans and press. The GATE had the opportunity to chat with Wright and Wong, and here’s what they had to say about the unique story, the fan reaction, and how the cast came together on this special project.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World debuted on DVD and Blu-ray on November 9.