Yes, it’s a brand new Scott Pilgrim trailer, and yes, like the rest of the internet we’re spectacularly excited about it. While the first one was succinct, this one rather pleasingly both expands on the concept a little for the uninitiated, while also throwing in a lot more in the way of recognisable characters and shots for the books’ fans.
It’s particularly nice to see Wallace show up, finally, as Kieran Culkin hadn’t been seen in any promo pictures or anything up to this point and I was seriously starting to wonder whether he even had a significant role in the film. But the trailer, in its opening moments, dwells nicely on Scott’s Amazon-ordering moment and initial meetings with Ramona, all of which play out brilliantly close to the book (even though I’m disappointed that the “Do you know this one girl with hair like this?” bit, one of my favourite moments in the first book, has been changed slightly).
Ramona herself comes off a little better in this one, as given more dialogue and screen time she begins to look closer to the book’s version (when I wasn’t as sure previously) and it’s also good to see a bit more of characters like Kim (who I’ve been similarly not sure about, but whom it’s great to see behind the drum kit and also getting a line of dialogue, even if she still looks a bit young) and Julie (although that’s largely down to my liking of Aubrey Plaza), as well as spotting that Crash & The Boys and their eight-year-old drummer have made it in. And is that the IT Guy from The Office US playing Michael Comeau? I think it is.
It’s interesting too that the trailers have been willing to show us far more of Gideon than the books so far have – we even get some full-on dialogue between him and Scott here, which could feel spoilerific where it not for the safety of the knowledge that this was made long before book six was even written, so their final confrontation should end up being rather different (further evidence of this is provided by the way that Kyle and Ken here seem to have a somewhat different mode of attack from the one seen in book five).
Anyway, it of course looks utterly storming – as with the first trailer, Wright just seems to have captured the look and feel of it perfectly, even down to using O’Malley’s artwork for the little Scott 1-up symbol. Hopefully seeing a bit more of Cera in the role will help assuage the doubts of those not convinced by his casting – I’ve not seen much that suggests he’s going to ruin the film, and even though his usual “type” doesn’t really line up with the character of Scott in the books, I think he’s going to do fine. But as with the books, it’s everything going on around Scott that will doubtless prove more entertaining anyway – and just about everything looks spot on. CANNOT. WAIT.