January 14, 2014
Rashida Jones And Bryce Dallas Howard Linked For ANT-MAN
Finally, we're starting to hear about actresses concerning Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Variety reports that Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard are now being considered for the film. Jones had been linked for months along with Paul Rudd (the pair having excellent on screen chemistry), for the role of Janet van Dyne aka The Wasp. A character that was originally set for The Avengers, but was later cut out of the film. I believe Marvel is strongly considering Rashida for Janet, but there is likely a couple other female roles needed to be cast.
Marvel is planning a April shoot and the female lead the last major role left to cast. Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard have been mentioned but, as of now, no one has been offered the part.
Even if Dallas Howard got an offer, she may have an issue with doing “Ant-Man” as she is also on board for “Jurassic World” which would turn into a scheduling conflict. Jessica Chastain was also approached for the part but passed on it.
Apparently, Bryce is being offered the role that went out to Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) earlier in the year. That character was never named, and Jessica turned it down. Dallas Howard has already committed to shooting Jurassic World alongside Guardians actor Chris Pratt, that production could conflict with her taking the role. Bryce is no stranger to the Marvel universe playing Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3, we've seen Marvel Studios re-cast actors that have been in other Marvel films before. One standout example being, Chris Evans crossover from Fantastic Four to Captain America.
It's possible that this role Jessica/Bryce are wanted for, might not be Janet but someone else entirely. There has been some interesting speculation that this second female role could be Hank Pym's daughter. Taking into consideration Michael Douglas' age, it's possible that he'd have a daughter in her 30's or older. Lang's wife is also another possiblity, also nothing rules out this being Cassie Lang either. Cassie could have been reworked (Scott's sister not daughter?) to fit the MCU better. Plus, having a second female lead wouldn't be a terrible thing.