Fresh from picking up a Golden Globe for playing Liberace in Behind The Candelabra this weekend, Michael Douglas has scored an even more intriguing role, one that will be something of a career first for him. He’s agreed to play Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s take on Ant-Man.
That confirms, then, that Paul Rudd (announced last month) is playing Scott Lang. Though plot details about how Pym and Lang will fit into the film are still officially under wraps, Wright tweeted a link to an interview he gave in 2006 that offers up some likely groundwork: “The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60's, in sort of Tales To Astonish mode basically,” Wright told Superhero Hype. “And then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang's story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.”
“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,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says in a statement. “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 Joe Cornish co-writing the script, Wright is set to start shooting Ant-Man soon. It's exciting stuff; the cast for this one just gets more and more interesting. What do you think? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or in the comments…
The film itself is set to arrive on August 14, 2015.