With word that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to produce and possibly star and direct D.C. and Warner Bros.’ “Sandman”, it seemed a no-brainer he wasn’t going to be signing on to play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s film. As you’ll recall, Gordon-Levitt was one of three frontrunners rumored for the role, along with Paul Rudd and an unidentified third man.
Now according to The Wrap, Rudd has indeed landed the superhero role, and is currently “in negotiations” to play Hank Pym, scientist and superhero extraordinaire.
It makes sense, actually. Pym, like Tony Stark, was never going to be one of those young whipper snappers like Thor or even Captain America. He was always going to be older and wiser and more of a smart ass, and that’s something Rudd brings to the table. Word is, Rudd, who is currently out and about promoting “Anchorman 2”, is already looking slimmer, thanks to training for the role.
Ant-Man, aka scientist Hank Pym, was one of the original founders of the Avengers in comic book lore, but of course he didn’t show up in “The Avengers” movie. Although Pym is the creator of Ultron, the evil robot that will be battling the Avengers in the Whedon sequel, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, we’re told “Ant-Man” will be mostly a stand-alone movie. Which is really strange, and a big missed opportunity by Marvel to tie the film up with “The Avengers 2” if true.
“Ant-Man”, long in development, will finally hit screens July 31, 2015, in the same year as Marvel’s “The Avengers 2”. Chances are it’ll get lost in the shuffle, with Snyder’s “Batman vs. Superman” also scheduled for the same year. Then again, may this is how Wright and Marvel wants it?