Marvel Clearly Takes My Advice on Ant-Man Casting!
Clearly, Marvel Studios was waiting for me to get up my recent Ant-Man List of Six before they made any permanent decisions about the upcoming Ant-Man movie. Because less than a week after posting my list, Marvel has announced that they’re going with my No. 1 choice and making Scott Lang the star of the film. Marvel confirmed today that Paul Rudd will be playing Lang, the second Ant-Man in the comics.
And Michael Douglas has been cast as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, according to Variety.
This is very flattering. I’m glad Marvel waited to get my two cents before moving ahead with the casting. Obviously, Marvel and Edgar Wright know that I am available for further consultation. I’ll leave that to them.
Said Paul Feige about the casting of Michael Douglas as Pym:
“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.”
With both Pym and Lang set, I think it’s safe to say Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie is probably going to be the origin story of Scott Lang, and how he stole the Ant-Man costume from Pym in order to steal the money necessary to afford his daughter’s medical operation. I think that would be a pretty solid movie, if I do say so myself.