Marvel Studios has found their next big superhero. After repopulating The Avengers with the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, they've shifted their focus to Ant-Man. It's the long-developing superhero movie from writer-director Edgar Wright.
According to The Wrap, Marvel is in talks with Paul Rudd to star as Hank Pym aka Ant-Man. The Anchorman 2 star was previously rumored for the role alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Apparently, Rudd was always the frontrunner, but Gordon-Levitt's attachment to a rival film (DC Entertainment's Sandman) made the decision clear.
Wright co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish, who previously worked with him on the action-comedy Hot Fuzz. Cornish also directed one of the most underrated films of 2011: Attack the Block. The basic premise of Ant-Man centers around Pym, a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to manipulate his size. He can go from being as tall as a house or as small as, well, an ant.
Traditionally, Ant-Man has been part of The Avengers' team, yet he didn't appear in the 2012 film. He may also be absent from the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens May 1, 2015. The Ant-Man movie is supposed to kick-start Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Perhaps he'll appear in the inevitable third Avengers?
Production on Ant-Man is expected to start early next year.
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 31, 2015.
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