In August 2007, the U.S. box office witnessed a surprising phenomenon as a small movie made with a modest budget of $20 million, swept cash counters grossing $121 million! The movie was ‘Superbad’ directed by Greg Mottola and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg. As the movie became a late summer sleeper hit, the protagonists Jonah Hill and Michael Cera shot to instant stardom and the neurotic teenagers became household names. To be overtly famous in your teens is not a good idea when it comes to the showbiz. While Jonah took the avalanche in a rather straightway, Cera turned the other way around in their respective career trajectory.
Cera chose to pursue a quieter career path and made surprising choices projects throughout his twenties. The actor was too unpredictable, both on and off-screen, and fans can expect him in any role, in any movie! We saw him playing roles in ‘Juno,’ Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,’ ‘Paper Heart,’ ‘Youth in Revolt,’ ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’ and ‘Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus.’ One thing that makes Cera standing out in the crowd is his bold decision of not to cash in on his ‘Superbad’ aura. Instead, he preferred work with resourceful filmmakers, technicians and actors. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Michael Cera movie? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Michael Cera films scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Michael Cera movie would be as good as some of his recent ones.
1. Gloria Bell (2019)
Even though the Sebastián Lelio directorial ‘Gloria Bell‘ had its releases in other parts of the world in 2018, the movie is yet to hit theaters in the U.S. ‘Gloria Bell’ is the remake of Lelio’s 2013 Chilean drama ‘Gloria,’ in English. Julianne Moore plays the eponymous heroine who is a divorced mother struggling to come to terms with her life circumstances at a later age in the new version. Paulina Garcia played the same role in Lelio’s original and won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. Julianne Moore’s Gloria has been divorced from husband Dustin, played by Brad Garrett, and lives with two grown kids, played by Michael Cera and Alanna Ubach. When Gloria meets Arnold, played by Turturro, she surprisingly finds romance within herself for another person.
Michael Cera plays Gloria’s son, Peter, who has recently become a father. He had to come to terms with the new dynamic shift in his status as an irresponsible youngster to a father. Besides, he is supposed to shoulder the shock waves from within and outside the family because of his mother’s affair with a married man.
2. Weird City (2019 – )
YouTube Premium‘s science fiction anthology series ‘Weird City’ has a stellar star cast. Written by Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders, ‘Weird City’ features Steven Yeun, Mark Hamill, Gillian Jacobs, Awkwafina, Laverne Cox, and Rosario Dawson, along with Michael Cera. The six-episode anthology series is directed by Amy Heckerling, Adam Bernstein and Tricia Brock. Michael Cera appeared in episode two titled ‘A Family,’ as the potbellied Tawny. He struggles to find his place within the Weird City’s hostile system and joins ShapeCult gym to find some kind of acceptance. But, his fitness guru, played by Rosario Dawson, sees him as a source of income and soon, they develop a clash of interests and the narrative turns to some gruesome conclusions.
3. The Lego Batman Movie 2 (TBA)
We saw the funniest side of Michael Cera as Robin in ‘The Lego Batman Movie.’ Cera stole the hearts of the viewers as an optimistic, cheerful boy, counterbalancing the dark, seriousness of Batman. So, when ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ director Chris McKay reveals he’s currently working on a sequel, Cera lovers created quite a buzz for the return of Robin. Even though the shooting and releasing schedule of the project is still unclear, speculative reports suggest that the movie will start rolling by the end of this year. Reports also suggest that the project remains only at the earliest stages of development as the creative team tries to shape a convincing plot. But, the director only promised fans they would get plenty of LEGO Batman humor with Will Arnett reprising his voice for Batman / Bruce Wayne in the sequel.
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4. Blazing Samurai (TBA)
Michael Cera joins the cast list of the upcoming animated comedy ‘Blazing Samurai,’ along with Ricky Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson, Mel Brooks, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B. and Heavenly Joy Jerkins. The movie, which is inspired by Brooks’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ tells the story of a dreamy dog Hank, voiced by Cera, who wants to become a great warrior to save his hometown, Kakamucho. ‘Blazing Samurai‘ is directed by Chris Bailey and Mark Koetsier from a screenplay by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper.
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