January 13, 2014
Marvel Announces Michael Douglas Is Hank Pym And Paul Rudd Is Scott Lang In ANT-MAN
Marvel has announced that legendary actor Michael Douglas (Black Rain, The Game, Traffic, Wall Street) has landed the lead role of Dr. Hank Pym in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. They also confirmed that Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang in the film. It's unknown at this point if Lang is a friend or foe of Pym's in the movie. Douglas is an inspiring choice, and this proves that Marvel is starting to lockdown their casting announcements.
Janet van Dyne has yet to be revealed, but a strong rumor suggests that Rashida Jones is the top contender for the role. Production is set to begin in the Spring/Summer in Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, and it's release date is set for July 30th, 2015. Below is the full announcement from Marvel.
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."
Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.