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Michael Douglas Joins Ant-Man
He's Hank Pym!

14 January 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Marvel

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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. 


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HOLD THE PHONE......
.....What if Douglas turns up at the end of 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' and he kills said villain......?? Now THAT would get bums on seats for ANT-MAN! More

Posted by Holbydude at 15:36 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

Yet Again, Another Awesome Casting By Marvel....
....Maybe we will see a de-aged douglas in the 60's then use Marvel Premiere 47 & 48 as a plot base where Scott Lang steals the tech and suit. I would LOVE IT if Douglas turned up in a Yellowjacket uniform at the end of the film and wish Lang success for the future. More

Posted by Holbydude at 15:32 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

See DC, THIS is how you do it...
...smart left-field casting, interesting eclectic directors, snappy fun scripts.... Love the Nolan Bat movies and MOS was ok but Marvel are in general beating them on every other front. More

Posted by spideed2 at 12:36 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

They still seem like the only company...
with any genuine, confident direction to me. Everyone else just seems like they're going for broke in a bid to catch up. I do, however, wish they'd take a few more chances with their films in terms of narrative/character. Guardians continues to be listed as their riskiest film to date, but really only in terms of the characters being unknown, at least as far as those of us out the loop can tell at this stage. This sounds promising though and I really, really have high hopes that Joss takes full More

Posted by partybee at 09:30 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

Jokingly
Yeah! And Catherine Zeta Jones as Wasp! Actually... Not a bad idea, that. More

Posted by mr_purfikt at 23:45 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

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Hmm... So I'm guessing we'll see Hank Pym in the old days at the start of SHIELD with Howard Stark et all and working on Ultron... his being unable to control it or carry on as Ant Man becaue of it... and the Scott Lang one taking over. Or something along those lines. I'd rather just have Ant Man as Hank Pym... but oh well. More

Posted by GrizBe at 22:26 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

Hank Pym and Scott Lang, Guardians of the Galaxy and a four defends T.V series loving the direction Marvel is going More

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