Cera ponders 'Life' with Universal

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CORRECTED at 11:02 a.m. PT, March 20, 2008

Michael Cera is in final negotiations to star in "Scott Pilgrim's Little Life" for Universal.

Edgar Wright is directing the adventure romance, which is being produced by Marc Platt and Eric Gitter. Wright and Nira Park also are producing.

"Life" tells the story of a young slacker (Cera) who meets the woman of his dreams but finds that he can only win her heart by battling and defeating her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

The project is based on the Oni Press graphic novel "Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life," written by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Michael Bacall and Wright wrote the screenplay.

Cera and Wright had mutual admiration for each other's work, which manifested itself when Wright stepped in to act alongside Cera and Jonah Hill in a viral promo for "Superbad"; Wright acted as a snarky interviewer to an exasperated Cera and Hill.

The studio is eyeing a fall start.

Cera is filming the Judd Apatow-produced "Year One" with Jack Black. He next shoots "Youth in Revolt" for Dimension, with Miguel Arteta directing.

He is repped by Paradigm, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Jamie Feldman.
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