Michael Cera talks 'Arrested Development' movie: 'I feel scared by all the expectations'

michael-ceraImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosI recently spoke with Michael Cera about his new superpowers-and-rock-music comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for this week’s Summer Must Issue. At the end of our chat, I asked him about the current status of the on-again-off-again Arrested Development film, as all EW writers are legally obliged to do whenever we talk to an AD cast member.

The news was not encouraging. Cera said he hadn’t spoken to Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz about the movie “in a while.” More generally, the actor admitted to being apprehensive about the project.  “I feel scared by the all the expectations on it at this point,” he revealed. “People ask me about it a lot. And to make a movie that already has expectations built in before the script is even written seems intimidating.”

On the other hand, Arrested Development fans can look forward to a mini cast reunion in Scott Pilgrim. One of Cera’s costars is Mae Whitman, who portrayed his girlfriend Ann on AD but, in Scott Pilgrim, plays one of the punch-happy “evil exes” of Cera’s new gal pal. “It was great,” Cera said of re-teaming with Whitman. “She’s so funny in this, and impressive too in her fight sequence.”

Do you still think an Arrested Development movie is a good idea? Are you excited to see Cera and Whitman back together in Scott Pilgrim (an event that is very briefly previewed in the trailer, which I’ve posted after the jump)?

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  • Ceballos

    As much as I love AD, I think Cera is probably right – there has been SO much talk about this movie for so long that there’s just no way it could meet expectations or deliver what the fans want. (For example, I’d be deeply disappointed if Gene Parmesan didn’t pop up, but I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t care.)

    • Lucille

      Gene…? Is that you?! HAHAHAHAHA!

    • Stacie

      Oh, he got me again!

    • Madd

      AHHHHHHHHHHHH! Gene Parmesan!

  • Daniel F


    • Jean


    • Monty


      • MCS

        Bland? I mean Ann

      • Juuuust a little outside

        She’s right over there.

      • Kirsten

        You’ve met her…so many times, you’ve met her and met her…

    • M Bluth

      I think George Michael is hiding Ann in the attic

      • Madd

        The fact that you’re calling it that makes me realize you’re not ready.

      • CoCo

        From what, the Nazis?

    • Johnification

      It’s as egg as the Ann on Plain’s face.

    • Madd

      Not Pictured?

    • Sarah


    • Ceballos


      • Madd

        I just call her Annabelle because she’s shaped like a…she’s the belle of the ball.

      • Jenny

        is she funny or something?

    • S


      • Lindsay

        I got excited over this article, just because I knew the AD punchlines would come out in full force. Not AD movie? Come on!!

  • Nadia

    Okay, you know how there’s been a flare up of controversy around those contacts that make your eyes bigger? In the picture at the top, Cera totally looks like he’s wearing them. It’s really freaky.

  • Johnification

    If the movie is half as funny as the show’s worst episode, I’ll be fine, don’t worry.

  • Madd

    Great, this will go as well as George Michael’s eye exam. Or his math test when he was too distracted by Eggs’ beauty. Her?
    Seriously, even if it’s the worst film since The Room it won’t ruin my love for all things AD. Nothing will. EVER.

  • etm

    I can’t stand this kid.

  • Patty

    She calls it a mayonegg.

  • sean sakimae

    An Arrested Development movie can have all the hype of Serenity– not gonna keep me from watching it. Besides, I don’t think they’re trying to ressurect the series via the film, are they? (If that’s what they want, send it to Adult Swim- it’s worked for Family Guy AND Futurama– Both Fox Shows that have GREAT #s on Adult Swim)

    • jay

      Not gonna keep me from watching it either. Cera is just being a bi*ch. One of the funniest, most well written shows on tele.

  • Jacob

    I’m done hoping for the movie. With the wretchedness that is the Sex and the City movies, I can now only expect crushing disappointment should the Bluth’s ever grace the big screen.
    A reunion show, on the other hand, would be great. Like one of those Christmas Specials the Brits are so fond of. I’m down with a nice, hour-long “special.” Then, I think, expectations can be tempered and we can all come out rather unscathed with at least a few good chuckles under out belts.

  • jay

    Oh wow, Scott Pilgrim looks so good that Cera should not do the Arrested Development movie…and sarcasm is my second language. Do the fn movie…everyone wants to see it no matter what the expectations are. It’s just funny sh*t.

  • Sabrina

    Just the comments on this made my day. Thank you guys.

  • laylagalise

    I want everyone to stop worrying about the expectations and whatever other excuses they can come up with and make the damn movie!

  • Edd

    Speech! Speech! Speech! Speech! Speech! Speech! Speech! … I mean, Movie! Movie! Movie! Movie! Movie!

    It will be fine. Certainly worth doing! If Mitch etc. have ideas where the Bluths are five years down the line, we want to see them :)

  • paige

    jeez- age is NOT doing that kid any favors

  • Matt

    Way to plant, Ann!

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