Will Marvel’s Ant-Man please stand up?
Looks like it won’t be very long now before Marvel finally picks the star of their “Ant-Man” movie, from “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” director Edgar Wright. It seems like it’s been ages since we’ve heard that Marvel wants to do an Ant-Man movie. Now that the film is actually moving forward (Wright even recently teased a test shot from the movie’s set), the hunt is on for an honest to goodness leading man.
According to Variety, that leading man could be Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Paul Rudd … or a third, unknown name.
Apparently both men are the current front-runners, and are expected to meet with the studio and Wright “one more time” before a decision is made. The trade, though, mentions again that a third, unknown actor might also enter the mix. So basically, Variety is hedging their bets.
“Ant-Man” is expected to open in 2015, and follows a scientist name Hank Pym who invents a substance that allows him to change size. In comic book canon, Ant-Man is one of the founding members of Marvel’s The Avengers, which of course makes him a very logical choice for his own movie. Logical, but somewhat wonky, as Ant-Man isn’t, you know, all that well-known. But then again, wonky seems to be what Marvel is going for these days, including their upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.
Of the two names, Gordon-Levitt is obviously the more familiar names with fanboys, having previously played Robin to Christian Bale’s Batman in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”. And of course, he had a hit with the time travel movie “Looper”, and recently made his directorial debut with the romcom “Don Jon”.
As for Paul Rudd, he’s mostly known as a comedian. The guy has been in a ton of movies, usually playing best friend or brother roles, though recently he’s begun playing leading men, including in Judd Apatow’s “This is 40″. Of the two, he’s much older, so I guess it’s entirely up to how Wright views the character — a young, smart-ass scientist, or an older, smart-ass scientist. But both can definitely pull off smart-ass without trying.
We’ll find out who has landed the gig soon, since “Ant-Man” is definitely gearing up for production.