Rudd, mostly known for appearing in comedies like This Is 40 and This is The End, is a surprising choice to play a superhero. We're hoping this casting choice indicates there will be a lot of humor in the film.
This affiliate of the Fantastic Four actually stole the Ant-Man suit in an attempt to save his daughter, Cassie, from a deadly heart condition. In the movie, his human name is Scott Lang.
In the Marvel comic books, Ant-Man was originally the superhero persona of Henry Pym, a scientist and inventor who created a potion that allowed him to shrink to the size of an insect. Pym eventually retired from being Ant-Man and passed the torch to both Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady. Michael Douglas will play Pym in the film. The character of Eric O'Grady doesn't appear at all.
Remember Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel in The Hobbit? Now, she's appearing in Ant-Man, but will be called Hope in the movie, not Cassie, like in the comic book.
Though Yellowjacket was a former alias for Henry Pym, the filmmakers decided this wasp-like character would make a great villain. Actor Corey Stoll, best known for House of Cards and The Strain, will play Yellowjacket, whose human name is Darren Cross.
When creator Stan Lee pitched the idea of making Ant-Man into a film, executives at New Line Cinema passed on the project, saying it was too close to the 1989 film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
The actress currently has five films in post-production, so it's no surprise that busy Jessica couldn't take the role due to scheduling conflicts.
While British director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) was all set to take the helm of Ant-Man, he just couldn't see eye to eye creatively with Marvel. The almighty studio replaced him with Peyton Reed, best known for Yes Man and The Break-Up.
The helmet worn by Ant-Man was inspired by the helmets of Iron Man and the Autobot Transformer, Bumblebee.
Marvel decided that Pym's character from the comic books wouldn't go over well with a family audience. In the comics, Pym had a split personality and abused his girlfriend, Janet. Pym gets a makeover in the film and plays a more supporting character.
Ant-Man will be released in July, 2015.
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