Last month, it was confirmed that Paul Rudd would be playing the Marvel superhero Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s upcoming big screen adaptation. Now it’s been confirmed that Michael Douglas will also be playing the diminuitive hero - or, more specifically, Henry “Hank” Pym.
In the original Marvel comics, Ant-Man was the pseudonym for a number of characters. Pym, a genius scientist, was the original Ant-Man, before the identity was later assumed by Scott Lang and Eric O’Grady, using the shrinking chemical substance that Pym originally developed.
Rudd will play Scott Lang in the film.
Marvel Studios big cheese Kevin Feige said of the casting:
“"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. 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."
Wright (best known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) has previously stated that he hoped to include both famous incarnations of the character. Way back in 2006, he noted in an interview:
"The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both... 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."
Wright is co-writing the script with fellow Brit Joe Cornish (Attack The Block).
Ant-Man is set to be released in July 2015.
[Source: Coming Soon]