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Paul Rudd Confirmed To Play Ant-Man
Update: He's officially signed on!

20 December 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: The Wrap

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Update: It's official: Marvel has now confirmed that Paul Rudd will star in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. In a press release, the studio said Rudd had always been their first choice to fill the diminutive red suit.

"When Edgar came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd we felt a huge sense of relief," said producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. "We knew early on that we had found the right guy. He not only agreed to to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we've ever met with about doing the work. We couldn't be more excited for our audiences to see what he's going to do to bring Ant-Man to life."


A month or so ago we asked you, the Empire reader, who should play Ant-Man in the Marvel movie currently being plotted by Edgar Wright. You came back with a resounding ‘Paul Rudd’, possibly while blowing trumpets and banging pots together for emphasis, and it seems Team Marvel was listening. The Wrap cites unnamed sources reporting that Rudd is close to signing on the dotted line and has even started shedding about a hundred pounds for the role (after all, he has to get down to ant size). That Unnamed Sources guy, eh? Boy, he knows some stuff.

Rudd has been circumspect on Ant-Man to date, managing to negotiate the Anchorman 2 junket without spilling a single bean on the topic, presumably by using his Sex Panther musk as a distraction. His rumoured rival for the part, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has, of course, got his hands full with a comicbook project of his own in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

While we take a moment to consider the idea of Rudd and the equally loveable Mark Ruffalo sharing the Marvel universe, it’s worth looking back to 2008 when Edgar Wright first shared his vision for Ant-Man with Empire. “It’s more of a full-on action adventure sci-fi film but with a comedic element”, he explained at that early stage, “in the same spirit of a lot of escapist fare like that. It’s certainly not a superhero spoof or pastiche and it certainly isn’t a sort of Honey I Shrunk The Kids endeavour at all.”

Marvel’s confidence in Wright, co-screenwriter Joe Cornish and (probably) Rudd is great enough for it to have pushed Ant-Man into the cinematic boiler room that is summer 2015 - July 31, to be exact. Head here to see where it all fits into Marvel’s multiphase plan for global domination.


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It’d be cool if we had Gondry vision and pulled makeshift magnifying glasses made out of coke bottle bottoms over 3D glasses and they magnified in on Ant Mans adventures and battles. With some really epic action like in Land of the Giants that show was great. So we have to put the magnifying glasses on and watch the action like that, that would mean you could have a larger amount of action going on on-screen. Whatever I hope it’s a rollercoaster whatever they do. Whatever MG does nex More

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Hoping that this rocks and that the narrative is strong, really want EW to comeback strong. TWE was industry standard (and a little serious) but it didn’t match or surpass SP, SoTD or Spaced. A good ol’ story, and EW back on form should iron that out. It would be great if EW got together with Michel Gondry and did a collaboration on the AntMan movie. Remember a game called Viewtiful Joe on the GameCube? Could only buzz with excitement at what EW and MG could do, kinda like the Grind More

Posted by kanada83 at 14:25 on 06 January 2014 | Report This Post

I'm glad to hear that Paul Rudd is Antman. Hopefully, Rudd will nail his role like Robert Downey Jr in (the) Iron Man (Series). But I don't think Paul Rudd is the problem. I think Edgar Wright is the problem here. Yes, he is a good director who made Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim. But what if he makes it to comic (like Batman & Robin) actually, how DID he get the job in the first place. But well see... More

Posted by Darren47 at 12:38 on 22 December 2013 | Report This Post

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L: joeng79 I agree its got to be Hank Pym. He's the creator of Ultron which will tie it up nicely with Avengers: Age of Ultron, plus having Janet van Dyne as his love interest (and future wife) it'll give Marvel the right vehicle to introduce the Wasp as well. scott lang just wouldn't offer that level of opportunity, plus he'd have to break into Hank's home to steal the existing ant man gear, that just wouldn't be right for ant man's origin movie. lso agree it's got to be Pym and we More

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L: JFreid05 @AxlReznor Nowhere in the article does it say the Sandman is a superhero story. They say Comic Book Project. They edited the article after we both pointed it out. And what joeng79 said. It WILL by Hank Pym. More

Posted by GrizBe at 15:43 on 20 December 2013 | Report This Post

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I agree its got to be Hank Pym. He's the creator of Ultron which will tie it up nicely with Avengers: Age of Ultron, plus having Janet van Dyne as his love interest (and future wife) it'll give Marvel the right vehicle to introduce the Wasp as well. scott lang just wouldn't offer that level of opportunity, plus he'd have to break into Hank's home to steal the existing ant man gear, that just wouldn't be right for ant man's origin movie. More

Posted by joeng79 at 14:02 on 20 December 2013 | Report This Post

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Pretty much was just about to post the same as AxlReznor. Sandman Is not a Superhero story. To call it that is very poor researching. On subject however, I'm not a fan of Paul Rudd. Honestly, I've not felt he's done anything good since he played Phoebe's boyfriend in Friends. I'd much rather see Simon Pegg given the role... despite him saying he's not interested as he doesn't think the movie is a good idea. More

Posted by GrizBe at 14:29 on 19 December 2013 | Report This Post

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I don't know enough about Ant-Man to know if this is a good choice or not, but I always enjoy Paul Rudd in everything I've seen him in, so it should be interesting. On a side note (and at the risk of sounding pedantic), The Sandman is not a superhero story, and you shouldn't prime your readers to expect that to be a superhero film. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 13:49 on 19 December 2013 | Report This Post

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L: primebhoy Tag line would be funny, but it was Champ Kind who used that line in Anchorman, not Paul Rudd's 'Brian Fantana'. Poor referencing! eriously? More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:43 on 19 December 2013 | Report This Post

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