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What we know about the Scott Pilgrim series so far

by Gaby Agbulos

LAST month, Netflix finally released the trailer for the long-awaited Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, an animated series based on the comic books of Bryan Lee O’Malley.

The show is set to air on November 17, and fans of the series, video game, and the 2010 film based on the comic books have immediately fallen in love with how everything looks so far. 

Despite there being a little over a month until the show’s release, not much has been revealed about it. Is it going to stay faithful to the comic? Are there going to be new characters or plotlines? Is it going to be anything like the movie? Are we gonna get Envy Adams singing the iconic Black Sheep yet again? 

If you’re looking for an answer to all your questions, look no further. Here’s everything that’s been revealed about the series so far. 

  1. The whole gang’s back together

Perhaps the most eye-catching thing about this series so far is that it has managed to get practically the entire main cast of the film to reprise their roles. 

Here are the cast members who have been revealed so far:

  • Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers
  • Ellen Wong as Knives Chau
  • Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells
  • Brie Larson as Envy Adams
  • Alison Pill as Kim Pine
  • Aubrey Plaza as Julie Powers
  • Anna Kendrick as Stacey Pilgrim
  • Mark Webber as Stephen Stills
  • Johnny Simmons as Young Neil
  • Satya Bhabha as Matthew Patel
  • Brandon Routh as Todd Ingram
  • Chris Evans as Lucas Lee
  • Mae Whitman as Roxie Richter
  • Jason Schwartzman as Gideon Graves

Though the entire cast hasn’t been announced yet (we still don’t know who’s voicing Kyle and Ken Katayanagi, exes number 5 and 6, for example,) the ones that have been revealed are sure to bring out every fan’s capacity to geek out all over the place.

Aside from the actors, several people from the book, film, and even video game will be involved in this project as well.

Bryan Lee O’Malley, who created the original series, is the showrunner of this series. Alongside him is BenDavid Grabinski, a writer, director, and producer most known for his film Happily and his show Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Directing the show is Abel Gongora, who has worked on a number of beloved shows such as OK K.O.!, Star Wars: Visions, Adventure Time, and Netflix’s Devilman: Crybaby. 

Edgar Wright, who directed the Scott Pilgrim film, will be on the show’s team as an executive producer, as well as Michael Bacall, who was a part of the film’s writing team. They’re joined by Jared LeBoff and Adam Seigel, both executive producers of the original film. 

Nira Park and Marc Platt, who were producers of the film, will be serving as executive producers in the series as well.

And it doesn’t end there. Guess who’s doing the music for this series? None other than Anamanaguchi, the pop band that did the music for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game. They graced the world with bangers like Vegetable Rock, Sushi Box, and Where Do We Go?

Aside from Anamanaguchi, composer Joseph Trapnese will also be working on the music of the show. He’s worked on iconic films such as Oblivion, Straight Outta Compton, and The Greatest Showman. 

He has also collaborated with many notable artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Daft Punk, to name a few.

  1. There’s going to be eight episodes in total

Though the number of episodes has been revealed, no such information has been given on how long each episode is going to be, which leaves fans wondering just how faithful the series will be to the original story given that their source material is six books long. 

But the short number of episodes may not really be a problem, because it could mean that there’s going to be room for a second season, wink wink.

The series is being handled by award-winning Japanese animation studio Science Saru, popular for some of its films, such as Japan Sinks: 2020, and its shows, such as Devilman: Crybaby.

  1. The story expands the Scott Pilgrim universe

Practically everyone knows the story of Scott Pilgrim by now, whether it be from falling in love with the comics as a young kid, or from discovering the film after being told at Cubao Expo that you look like Ramona Flowers. 

If you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a gist of the plot: Scott Pilgrim is a 20-something bassist whose whole life changes when he meets a mysterious girl named Ramona Flowers, who catches his eye with her sardonic humor and mysterious aura. 

As the two start dating, though, Scott quickly realizes that Ramona has more baggage than she originally let on: she reveals to him that in order for them to be able to date, Scott has to defeat her seven evil exes. (“You have seven evil ex-boyfriends?” “Seven evil exes, yes.”) 

Soon enough, Ramona’s past lovers start seeking out Scott. On top of that, the couple’s relationship isn’t going all that smoothly, either. Through this rocky path that both Scott and Ramona have to face, they help each other through their trauma and eventually start to grow together. (They start out as horrible people, TBH). 

Given the number of episodes, it’s easy to get curious about what the show’s actually going to be about – if it’s going to be like the film or the video game, or if it’s going to add new plotlines as well.

To answer this question, this is what Edgar Wright has had to say so far: “Bryan Lee O’Malley along with BenDavid Grabinski have conjured up an anime series of Scott Pilgrim that doesn’t just expand the universe, but also… well, just watch it.”

Who are we to argue with the great Edgar Wright? If you’re curious about how the series is going to pan out, your best bet for now is to just sit tight, make a Netflix account (because that’s the only place you can stream it,) and wait for November. 



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