It's been two years since Michael Cera
appeared on the big screen. His role as lovelorn hero Scott Pilgrim in Edgar Wright's adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
was a box office stinker, despite being a fan favorite. That said, it seems that Cera's "comeback" will hinge on his next project, and it looks like that movie will be playing at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. A press release from the prestigious event indicates that Cera will make his world premiere appearance in Magic Magic
, written and directed by Sebastián Silva.
The story finds Alice (Juno Temple) as an American girl on vacation with friends in remote Chile. She slowly starts to mentally unravel. Her best friend (Emily Browning) returns to Santiago, but things start becoming increasingly unhinged. Magic Magic
also costars Catalina Sandino Moreno and Augustín Silva. The Playlist
has some new photos of Cera's character (swathed in a fur coat with dyed black hair) along with a few others, seen below.
Although we don't know much about Cera's role, his two-year absence speaks volumes. The meek, mumbling shtick of Cera's man-boy persona is a stale routine at this point, even if it's what put him in the spotlight. Niche, indie parts seem to be the next step in Cera's evolution, so we're honestly glad he took a break and is resurfacing in something completely different. Maybe he'll be able to pull a John C. Reilly (from goofball to Cannes in We Need to Talk About Kevin). Check out a few other Sundance additions, below. There's Rubber director Quentin Dupieux's new film starring Marilyn Manson, and a rerelease of Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi amongst them.
U.S.A., Chile (Director and screenwriter: Sebastián Silva) — An American girl vacationing in remote Chile mentally unravels, putting herself and those around her in danger. Cast: Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Augustín Silva. World Premiere
U.S.A. (Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier) — Down in Alabama, Rick Hall founded FAME Studios and gave birth to the Muscle Shoals sound. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono and others bear witness to the greatest untold American music story. World Premiere
U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Quentin Dupieux) — Imagine a Los Angeles where crime is so low that a bored cop sells drugs and harasses a teenager to pass the time. Shot in standalone chapters, as it is being financed, screened and released, watch the 45 minutes of crazy. Cast: Mark Burnham, Marilyn Manson, Steve Little, Eric Wareheim.
U.S.A. (Director: Robert Rodriguez, Screenwriters: Carlos Gallardo, Robert Rodriguez) — A mariachi musician arrives in a Mexican border town at the same time as a hit man. Each carries a guitar case, but the mariachi’s contains his beloved instrument, while the hit man’s is full of gadgets and weapons. Cast: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gomez, Jaime De Hoyos, Peter Marquardt, Reinol Martinez.