Michael Douglas Joins Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man as … Hank Pym?

Michael Douglas in Falling Down (1993) Movie Image

What the…?

Apparently the hero of Edgar Wright’s forthcoming comic book adaptation of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” won’t be scientist Hank Pym. Well, I’m sure Hank Pym will be a good guy, he just won’t be the central hero in the movie. Unless, of course, it’s Marvel’s brilliant idea to get a 69-year-old man to front a comic book movie.

Nah.

Variety reports that Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Wright’s “Ant-Man,” and is set to play scientist Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man. So does this mean Paul Rudd, who was officially cast in the film a while ago, will be playing a later version of the superhero? In comic canon, there have been three Ant-Man so far — Pym, Scott Lang, and Eric O’Grady.

Says Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige about Douglas’ 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.

Douglas joins a growing list of Marvel big “gets,” including Ben Kingsley in last year’s “Iron Man 3″ and Robert Redford in this year’s upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Wright will direct “Ant-Man,” currently set for 2015, from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish.

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When Ant-Man battles Ant-Man, we all lose. But especially the ants.



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  • David Redhawk-DaSilva

    Not good would rather see it as a beginning not an end

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Nice! So whoever called the “Older Hank Pym” idea (I think it was Juggernaut) was apparently right. Now will they have him been an active hero or Agent or just a scientist, and mentor to Scott Lang.

    • Juggernaut

      I did think that they might go this route.
      Can’t say that I love the idea but griping ain’t gonna change the fact that he was cast. Hopefully they get somebody else to play a younger version of Pym (Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Josh Holloway) for flashbacks.
      It all depends on what the script has to offer. This could go either way really.
      A forty something Lang and a Pym pushing 70 isn’t what I was expecting at all! If Marvel is trying to catch fans off guard they have succeeded.
      Big question now is what are they going to do with Wasp? Will she be re-vamped as Lang’s love interest?
      Perhaps they’ll cast a geriatric actress to play Douglas’ leading lady! Mmmmmm, Betty White in a short black wig, dayum!
      Hell, they may even scrap the traditional role of Janet all together and do some other crazy shit.
      It will be interesting to see what comes in the next couple of months.

    • Juggernaut

      OMG! I was half kidding about the older janet for the movie but there are some great actresses in that age range that would fit the bill. Michelle Pfeiffer, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, jamie Lee Curtis. Then it hit me!

      Susan Sarandon!!!!

      Not only idoes she have that girl next door quality about her she is also still gorgeous and is a legendary actress with a ton of talent. She also has a beautiful daughter who is a dead ringer for a younger version of her (Eva Ammauri Martino).

      • jkgeezy

        Sharon Stone!!! (Basic Instinct)

        • jkgeezy

          She’s still hot.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        As usual great casting. I’m curious as well to see what they do with her. They could just make her younger and have Scott and Wanda together. Or they could have an Older Janet, with a daughter that becomes Wasp.

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      How is this gonna play with Cap America being the first superhero and then Iron Man being the second public hero?

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        That’s why I said Agent. They may just play him up as a head scientist at SHIELD and a mentor to Lang who both finished working on the Ant-Man prottype when Lang’s daughter is kidnapped. Or they could go that Pym used the suit as an Agent of SHIELD and no one knew about his missions.

      • Juggernaut

        Just because Pym was around during the 60′s doesn’t mean that he was the first publicly known hero. Anything could have happened after he created the pym particle tech. The incidents surrounding his “active” years as Ant-Man might have been something self contained and not seen by the public. or SHIELD may have covered the incident up. Hopefully we’ll get to see a younger Pym in the suit at some point getting into an adventure or something but more than likely his arc will be about keeping his new invention out of the wrong hands. The current Ant-Man Scott Lang shows up years later and stumbles upon the suit and the story picks up from there. I’m really hoping that they have the basis for Ultron being created by Pym. if they’re not going to stick to having him and Wasp be a part of the original Avengers line-up they should at least keep that aspect of his history in tact.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Um, that’s already been said not to happen. Ant-Man is self contained and may even take place after Age of Ultron.
          And I really like the idea of Pym creating Pym Particles and then being a reluctant covert agent for SHIELD or at least having an adventure that involves his creation and then deciding he wants to stick to being a scientist.

          • Juggernaut

            He may not actually be the one to make Ultron into the being that he is in the movie but an Easter egg of Pym tinkering with a new artificial intelligence system for the SHIELD brass then having that project dropped and shelved until Tony or whoever ends up making Ultron finds it and continues the work would be a cool way tie them together.

  • marvelguru1234

    well that is a bad picture to use anyway because the one holding O’Grady isn’t even Pym or Lang. It is a Shield agents who has to find and track O’Grady to get Pyms suit back

  • Lexavi80

    I am extremely excited about these news!

    In a former interview, Wright goes “the story begins in the 60′s were Hank Pym is ant-Man. Years later on we’ll see Scott Lang taking the mantle…” Or something like that.

    So I guess this means we’ll see a young Michael Douglas making some superhero bits first, and then we’ll see his current self. And of course, Paul Rudd will be Scott Lang.

    I’m a bit bumped that Hank Pym is not the central character because I really like the character, however it makes perfect sense since he’s too brilliant, and having Tony Stark, Bruce Banner AND Hank Pym might be too much.

    I’m all for it!!