Marvel formally confirms Paul Rudd as Ant-Man

News Simon Brew 20 Dec 2013 - 06:40

It's definite: Paul Rudd is to take on the role of Ant-Man for director Edgar Wright...

It seems like he's been the frontrunner for a few weeks now, with reports suggesting that the casting decision had boiled down to him and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But Paul Rudd has now been 100% confirmed as taking on the role of Ant-Man.

The news had broken yesterday that he'd emerged as the top choice, but Marvel has now released an official statement, to remove any remaining doubt.

Said statement noted that "the casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel 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". It also added, unsurprisingly, that "the film’s plot is being kept under wraps".

Edgar Wright, as you more than likely already know, is directing Ant-Man for Marvel, having co-written the script with Joe Cornish. And the film is set to arrive in cinemas on July 31st 2015.

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Has anything been said about this existing in the same universe as the "main" Marvel films? Not expecting any crossovers given the tone that Wright and Cornish (and Rudd, for that matter) will lend to the whole thing.

Yeah, when it was first getting made (in like 2006 or whenever) it was going to be stand alone but in that time marvel have decided to bring it in to the main universe but allowed Joe Cornish to adapt his script for it. This has meant a focus away from one of the other ant-men and back to Pym. Pretty much, when marvel films became popular they didn't want one of their founding avengers to be non-cannon but couldn't fit him in until now

It would be foolish from a business point of view if they didnt

Tonally, I would love to see this as 'what would spiderman be like in his 40s?'.

A film with Rudd as the star and Wright and Cornish as writers is going to be sharp and full of ideas and is definitely worth looking forward to. If it goes well I can see Rudd as the new Downey Jr in that they are such a natural fit for their characters.

Actually thought the whole thing would flop but now I'm really looking forward to it. Roll on 2015.

It's great casting, he'll fit right in.
Picking unlikely, left field actors to play their characters has paid off big time for Marvel so far.
Plus, it frees up Simon Pegg and Nathan FIllion to play other characters... :P

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Excellent casting.

This is to all the Ant Man fans out there...

I have never picked up an Ant Man comic, it has never really appealed to me.

But with the choice of director and now Paul Rudd confirmed, is this set up to be a comedy of sorts?

I mean, the director of Shaun of the Dead and one of the funniest actors out there are now making a film together.

Are thye still doing the Pym/Lang split or is it all Pym in the modern day?

This is very much part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are introducing two new potential franchises (Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man) either side of Avengers 2.

Hard to say how much crossover Ant-Man will have - may be as simple as him working in the SHIELD labs or getting recruited at the end like the first Iron Man and Captain America films.

Could be. A lot of the films have humour in them but none has been an all out comedy. This film will apear after Avengers 2 which is expected to be perhaps the darkest MCU film yet. It might make sense for the film after Avengers 2 to be a lighter tone and just be about introducing a new hero (and maybe his wife, and other people who use the name Ant-Man).

However, this has recently been described as being a 'heist movie' so I expect it will be a heist film, with a SciFi/Superhero slant, and comedy elements - set in the MCU.

As far as I've seen they're keeping kinda hush on that point recently but the original idea was to do the split that you said but as there have been a couple of rewrites etc then I'd hazard a guess at it being more pym based but maybe having to deal with someone (Scott Lang or even Eric O'Grady...?) running amock with his tech? (As it's been said the villian will come from his tech & it's been said it's not ultron)

Same here. I can't see marvel disney making less than 300 mill a movie, and that's successful. Hopefully this and GotG exceed expectations. I want even riskier decisions after any man. Dr. Strange, black panther, ms marvel. And on Netflix, once the defenders is done, maybe ghost rider and punisher done right. And Blade. That was done right, first 2 movies. So more of that or better.

I liked him over jgl for the role. Glad it turned out this way.

The press release only refers to 'Ant-Man', no mention of Pym/Lang/O'Grady...

I hope we end up with two guys using the Ant-Man tech. It would be something different for MCU, and I guess also set up maybe Giant-Man/Goliath and Ant-Man being together in a later film(?).

Yeah that's why I'm interested which one Rudd will actually play, I think he'd fit any of the three quite well.

Well it does seem to be Marvel's go to option for an opening film plot, pitting two similarly powered people against each other. Not that I'm complaining mind you, a fight that routinely switches size would be a great sight to see

That would be an impressive finale.

I'd quite like to see no conventional villain in this one. Just have a mini adventure and/or someone stealing the tech...

But which Ant-Man is he playing?

The Ghost Rider special effects would probably be far too expensive for a tv show

Edgar Wright's involvement had my curiosity, Joe Cornish and Paul Rudd's involvement has my attention. Bring it on, I say!

Ant Man? Surely there are more mainstream heroes more deserving of a film, than Ant Man.

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