Marvel has officially announced that Michael Douglas has been cast in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man due for release on July 31, 2015. The casting is not that odd since Robert Redford has a starring role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, rather it is the role that Douglas is taking on.
He will be playing Hank Pym.
That’s right. Michael Douglas will play the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, and Rudd will be playing his successor Scott Lang. Edgar Wright had been dropping hints for weeks that he was purposely not announcing which Ant-Man Rudd would play but I assumed it was to just troll fans. Not the case!
This could be seen as a gamble by Marvel and Wright with many people excited to see Hank Pym finally on the big screen…just in his prime. Now in the official Marvel movie universe Scott Lang will be the hero with a 60-something Pym perhaps being the villain in some way (as rumors are now saying).
What do you think of the news that Hank Pym will be played by the Academy Award winner? Do you feel like your chance to see Pym in his heyday have been stolen or are you trusting Edgar Wright?
Check out the official Marvel statement below.
Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest–or should that be tiniest?–shoes of his career.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” hitting theaters July 31, 2015.
“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,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “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.”
The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in “Wall Street,” has also starred in numerous modern classics including “Basic Instinct,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Game,” “Wonder Boys,” “Traffic” and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including “Romancing the Stone,” John Carpenter’s “Starman” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film “Behind the Candelabra.”
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