Paul Rudd Is Ant-Man!

Edgar Wright's superhero movie will kick-off Marvel Phase 3 on July 31st, 2015.

Paul Rudd Antman Until recently, the title role in Marvel's first phase 3 offering seemed destined to land at Simon Pegg's door but in the end, Edgar Wright has chosen Paul Rudd to headline Ant-Man. The Wrap reports that the 44-year-old Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues star will play Hank Pym in the July 31st, 2015 release. The casting comes after weeks of heavy speculation that Rudd was about to become the latest leading man to join Marvel's ever-growing stable of characters. Co-written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish (Attack The Block), Ant-Man will begin production early next year in Georgia. Previous comments from Wright suggested that the Ant-Man movie would see both Pym and the latter-day Ant-Man of the comics, Scott Lang, appear in the movie. "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." It's impossible to know if that's still the plan but we should be able to figure it out soon as more casting news comes in. Ant-Man will be the first movie in Marvel's "Phase Three" of their cinematic universe, coming just months after Avengers: Age of Ultron's May 1st, 2015 release. It's probably a safe bet we'll see Paul Rudd cameo as Ant-Man in some medium before then.
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