This previous week marked the 10 12 months anniversary of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and it’s fairly obvious simply how a lot of an affect it had. It was a cult basic attributable to the truth that it flopped on the field workplace in 2010. But years later, it’s not solely quotable and well-remembered however produced lots of the most important stars today. And different large names auditioned for roles within the movie, however weren’t forged.
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Allison Jones, Robin D. Cook, and Jennifer Euston made up the casting workforce, together with director Edgar Wright. They talked to Vanity Fair for the 10 12 months anniversary and recalled the casting course of.
The film was a giant jumping-off level for lots of actors. Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Kieran Culkin, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and extra have been nowhere close to the family names they’re now. And it seems one other Marvel actor auditioned.
Sebastian Stan got here in to learn for Stephen Stills, the chief of Sex Bob-omb, the band Scott’s part of. “Edgar said he’d be better for Lucas Lee,” Euston remembered. Interestingly, that was already “earmarked” for Evans, who would go on to play reverse Stan within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A giant shocker was that Robert Pattinson learn for Lucas Lee as nicely. It’s a bit powerful to think about Pattinson — who’s accomplished lots of brooding as Edward Cullen and different prestigious roles in critical movies — in such a comically hilarious function as Lucas Lee. And it seems he left a extremely giant impression on the director.
“I remember it vividly,” Wright stated. “[Pattinson] did a much more intense read of it as well. Obviously, Robert is an incredible actor and someone who I’d love to work with now. But it was a very different take from what Chris did.”
Surely his audition tape should exist someplace, proper? Regardless, Pattinson had already filmed Twilight nevertheless it hadn’t come out but. He had no concept what world he was strolling into.
“I bear in mind we have been asking him about Twilight, and he was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know. I simply noticed it. It’s okay, I assume. I don’t know,’” Jones stated. “He was really good at an American accent.”
Another actor that’s onerous to think about in Scott Pilgrim is Rooney Mara, who learn for the function of Kim Pine, which went to Allison Pill. Kim is the drummer for Sex Bob-omb and Scott’s ex.
“It was sort of pre-feeding-frenzy on actors because there weren’t as many streaming shows,” Jones stated about why so many gifted actors auditioned. “So now for casting, it’s a bit of more durable as a result of there are simply so many good streaming potentialities, and extra so on tv. There’s extra tv occurring than motion pictures. Scott Pilgrim now could be a restricted collection or one thing.”
GLOW’s Betty Gilpin additionally auditioned for the function of Kim.
“Sometimes there shall be an [actor] I see in one thing, like once I noticed Betty Gilpin in GLOW. I used to be like, ‘Why does this woman look familiar? She’s wonderful, oh, my God. Why do I do know her? Why does that title sound acquainted?’” Wright stated. “And it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, she learn for Scott Pilgrim.’”
Euston really ended up casting GLOW as nicely, years later. And Wright did be ok with assembly with these actors, even when they weren’t forged.
“Because I looked at my notes again and I had written by Betty Gilpin: ‘She’s great,’” he stated. “At least I feel good about the fact that even if people lost out on the roles…they were a lot of people who were kind of the next big thing.”
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