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.
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.