Marvel eyes two very different actors for Ant-Man role

Oct 14, 2013 at 9:17 p.m. ET

Marvel has two actors vying for the role of Ant-Man. The studio is weighing its options to find their next superhero.

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Is Marvel's Ant-Man finally getting some attention? The studio's been busy with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as next year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Yet, they still haven't found an actor to play the title role in Ant-Man.

The comic adaptation's been in development for years with director Edgar Wright. Now, Variety is reporting that two men are in the running to play Hank Pym/Ant-Man. The first is Don Jon star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the other is funny man Paul Rudd.

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Both actors are very different. Plus, there's a good 12-year age difference between them. Perhaps Marvel hasn't zeroed in on how young or old they want the character to be? In the comics, Ant-Man is a part of The Avengers, and either actor could fit in with that group.

Insiders claim a third actor could be a candidate, but as of now, Gordon-Levitt and Rudd are the frontrunners. Wright isn't interested in casting a buff jock as the hero. Instead, he wants a relatable, normal-looking guy.

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His vision makes sense considering the character's backstory. Ant-Man is the codename for Pym, who's actually a brilliant scientist. Like Bruce Banner/Hulk and Tony Stark/Iron Man, his brain is his greatest weapon. Pym creates a substance that allows his body to shrink or grow larger. He can go from the size of an ant to that of a skyscraper.

Ant-Man is scheduled to hit theaters July 31, 2015.

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