Those who have encountered Universal's creative and very colorful marketing campaign for the upcoming "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" movie might be either intrigued or perplexed by the zany high-action trailers or the larger-than-life billboards (featuring either star Michael Cera shredding the guitar or the more dubious "Exes by the numbers" shot). Either way, apart from the film's stellar cast and excellent tagline — "An epic of epic epicness" — curious moviegoers might be wondering: Who the heck is Scott Pilgrim? And what is this movie about?
Well we here at MTV News are more than equipped to help answer those questions and more. Kicking off a week of Pilgrim-pegged coverage, we bring you a handy primer of the unlikely hero, courtesy of director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz").To begin with, he says it's all about love.
"It's essentially a love story — or a love triangle even — about a young man, Scott Pilgrim," Wright told MTV News when he stopped by our live-stream show at Comic-Con recently. "[It's] basically the ups and downs of his love life, filtered through kung fu and video games and all sorts of insane action."
Those ups and downs revolve around Pilgrim fighting for the love of Ramona (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) — we're talking literal fighting here. Before Pilgrim and Ramona can be together, he must defeat her seven evil exes. Wright said it's like a cartoon/ video game/ sugar-cereal cocktail.
"Brian Lee O'Malley, who wrote the books, once described the character Scott Pilgrim as the hero of a movie inside his own head," Wright said. "This essentially is the movie, so it's kind of like a big daydream for people who've been brought up on Saturday morning cartoons, video games and too much sugary product."
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