Just a few weeks back, we got word that Marvel studios had locked in Paul Rudd to star in their newest film, ‘Ant-Man’, directed by Edgar Wright. At the time, most fans assumed that Rudd would be playing the first incarnation of the Marvel hero, Hank Pym, in the film. But that doesn’t seem to be the case at all, as Marvel Studios has just announced that Michael Douglas is set to play the older Hank Pym in their highly anticipated adaptation. In the announcement, they also confirmed that Rudd would actually be playing Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, and confirms that Wright’s film will be generational story. Back in 2006, Wright had this to say about the film:
Well, the thing is that what we want to do, the idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of “Tales to Astonish” mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it’s like an interesting thing, like the “Marvel Premiere” one that I read which is Scott Lang’s origin, it’s very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we’d spend half an hour on.
This is brilliant casting on Marvel’s part, and something I can fully get behind. The casting goes directly in line with what Wright has been teasing for years, and Douglas is perfect to play that older version of Pym. I can’t wait to see Douglas and Rudd play off each other in the film, and this casting continues Marvel Studios’ trend of incredible casting, and getting the biggest talents they can. Check out the full Marvel press release about the casting below.
Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest–or should that be tiniest?–shoes of his career.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” hitting theaters July 31, 2015.
“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”
The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in “Wall Street,” has also starred in numerous modern classics including “Basic Instinct,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Game,” “Wonder Boys,” “Traffic” and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including “Romancing the Stone,” John Carpenter’s “Starman” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film “Behind the Candelabra.”
Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.
Are you excited to see Michael Douglas join the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let me know in the comments below! Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ will hit theaters on July 31, 2015.
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