With Marvel full speed ahead on Phase 2 of their Cinematic Universe, it’s now time for them to set their sights on Phase 3. The only officially announced film so far is Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man‘, which is slotted for July 31, 2015. Edgar Wright, the director of critical and audience favorites of The Cornetto Trilogy, compromised of ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, and ‘The World’s End’, as well as the film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ graphic novel series. For some time, there was rumors swirling on just who would land the title role of the next Avenger, with names such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jamie Bell being tossed around, but one name kept sticking more than the rest: Paul Rudd. Well, the search is finally over, as Paul Rudd has officially signed on to star as The Avengers’ tiniest hero.
The news broke on Marvel’s Official Website:
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!
The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel and Wright had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.
“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”
Rudd brings a diverse background to the role having become one of the industry’s most known actors with a reputation for smart, funny and creative performances. Rudd can currently be seen in “Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues,” as well as past roles in “Anchorman,” “This Is 40,” “I Love You, Man,” “Role Models,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” among numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.
In addition to “Ant-Man,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
I have to say, I’m absolutely giddy by the news. Rudd has been an actor I’ve always enjoyed, even in roles in the films that were not so great, like ‘Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers’ in the 1990s. He’s been on the brink of breaking out in a new way, with starring turns in quite a few independent films over the past few years, and this may be just the break he’s needed to get out of working exclusively in comedies. This is perfect casting, and I can’t wait to see Rudd suit up as Ant-Man. Are you excited by the casting? Let me know in the comments, below, only here at Chip and Company!