By Megan Johnson
Thursday, August 5, 2010

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the...
Photo by Patrick Whittemore
‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ director Edgar Wright, left, with stars Michael Cera, second from left, Anna Kendrick and Jason Schwartzman at the Liberty Hotel.

In the new video game flick “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” the star of “Superbad” and “Juno” finally gets to show off his action chops.

Directed by Edgar Wright of “Shaun of the Dead”fame, “Scott Pilgrim” is based on the cult-favorite graphic novel series of the same name. Cera plays Pilgrim, a Canadian musician in a band called Sex Bob-bomb, who must fight the ex-boyfriends of his current girlfriend.

“We had a few weeks in L.A. with a fight choreographer,” Cera told the Track. “And then a few more of conditioning in Toronto. It was a bonding experience for us.”

Rounding out the cast is Oscar-nominated “Up in the Air” beauty – and Portland, Maine, homegal – Anna Kendrick as Scott’s sister and “Rushmore” hunk Jason Schwartzman as Gideon, the most evil of the exes. They said they listened to the theme from “Rocky” before practicing roundhouse kicks.

“Everyone was very fun,” Michael said. “We had a workout mix.”

“Scott Pilgrim” debuted this year at Comic-Con, the annual San Diego convention for comic book and video game fanatics.

“It was great, because we got to show the whole film,“ director Wright said during the cast’s promotional swing through Boston yesterday. “I had to hug a guy who got lost, though.”

Kendrick claimed she became a fan of comic books by “sneaking into my brother’s room once in a while.” And Schwartzman, a video game aficionado, said he’s a fan of “Mega Man.”

“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” opens in theaters August 13.