Andy Samberg Will Kick Off MTV Movie Awards With A Digital Short

Will Ferrell and J.J. Abrams are also involved in the clip, show's executive producers reveal.

Andy Samberg isn’t completely new to the MTV Movie Awards, having worked on the show in the past as a writer. Movie Awards executive producers Garrett English and Lee Rolontz decided they’d pluck the “Saturday Night Live” star from behind the scenes and make him this year’s host.

“There was no question he was the perfect host,” Rolontz told MTV News. “We thought he’d be great in a total 360 level. He was known everywhere. We just thought in terms of connecting with our audience, he was perfect.”

With a guy like Samberg hosting, Rolontz and English are prepping for some unexpected moments, but it isn’t just Samberg who is on their watch list. A few other celebrities — like Danny McBride, Will Ferrell and Cameron Diaz — are expected to keep things spicy during the live show. And that’s sort of the point of the Movie Awards.

“They’re here to party,” English said. “We encourage people to be themselves.”

And just like past shows, this year’s event will also include a slew of short films from its host as well as a bunch of celebrity guest stars that will keep the audience in stitches. “Andy has a tremendous open,” Rolontz said. “Andy did an incredible digital short with Will Ferrell and J.J. Abrams. That should be fun to see.”

Will the vampires grab more trophies than the slumdog? What was the year’s ultimate onscreen WTF moment? It’s up to you to decide the winners of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Vote now, and tune in on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, when the big show airs live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

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