July 25, 2014
WATCHMEN Actor Patrick Wilson And Others Exits Marvel's ANT-MAN
Production on Marvel's Ant-Man is about to begin, but they'll have to do it without Patrick Wilson and a few others. The Watchmen actor was cast in an unnamed role (rumored to be a young Hank Pym or the secondary villain), but seemed a bit upset when production delays began after the departure of director Edgar Wright. Payton Reed has stepped-in to direct and Adam McKay will make rewrites to the script.
There were rumors that other actors, hand-picked by Edgar could also walk from the project. It seems like that is coming true as Matt Gerard (Avatar) and Kevin Weisman (Alias) are also exiting, they are stating that their characters have been removed from the newly updated script. Considering that Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd have been the only two actors Marvel would confirm in recent press releases, it's likely we could be seeing more casting shake-ups. Deadline also mentions that Evangeline Lily (Hobbit, Real Steel, Lost, Hurt Locker) will indeed be in attendance for the panel, but her character hasn't been confirmed.
Ant-Man is set to released on July 15th, 2015.