The character lineup featured in Netflix‘s Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is one that can only be revealed by a selection screen in Mario Kart or Mortal Kombat. The series — featuring the same actors from the 2010 live-action film — arrives on Nov. 17. Watch the official trailer below — then choose your fighter.
There’s the lovelorn bassist Scott (Michael Cera), his dream girl Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and her seven revenge-seeking exes — including the half-ninja Roxie Richter (Mae Whitman), the vegan rockstar Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh), the fairly decent skateboarder Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), the fire-wielding pirate Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha), and their leader Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman).
Scott is definitely up for the battle, having courted Ramona Flowers in his dreams only to discover that he has to survive match-ups with the most diabolically insane people she’s ever dated in order to be with her in real life. In an animated Toronto, the 23-year-old is thrown into a video game-level fight for her heart with a cheat code for success: Sex Bob-omb, the band he’s in with Stephen Stills (Mark Webber) and Kim Pine (Alison Pill).
Directed by Abel Gongora, the eight-episode series based on the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley also sees the return of Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Johnny Simmons, and Ellen Wong. Edgar Wright, who directed 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is serving as an executive producer, while O’Malley is co-showrunner with BenDavid Grabinski.
“I knew that a live-action sequel was unlikely, but I would usually defer by suggesting that perhaps an anime adaptation was an interesting way to go,” Wright told Netflix’s Tudum in March. “And then, lo and behold, one day Netflix got in touch to ask about this exact idea. But even better, our brilliant creator Bryan Lee O’Malley had an idea that was way more adventurous than just a straight adaptation of the original books.”
O’Malley added: “They’ve all gone on to do incredible things, but to me, they’re family. There — to this day — is still a group email with the entire cast on it, that’s been going since 2010. I was happy to be able to reach out to everyone with the news that we had finally come up with a way to continue the adventure. Seeing (and hearing) everyone come back to their roles has been a true pleasure.”