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ANT-MAN (2015): Michael Douglas is Hank Pym & Paul Rudd is Scott Lang

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Michael Douglas cast in Ant-Man. The casting of Michael Douglas in Ant-Man (2015) answers the questions of who will play a key role in the Edgar Wright directed film. Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym and previously cast Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang.

On Michael Douglas’ casting in Ant-Man:

“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.”

Edgar Wright had this to say about Ant-Man in 2006:

“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of ‘Tales to Astonish’ mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it’s like an interesting thing, like the ‘Marvel Premiere’ one that I read which is Scott Lang’s origin, it’s very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we’d spend half an hour on.”

More on Ant-Man:

Biophysicist and Security Operations Center expert Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Pym decided to become a superhero after discovering a chemical substance that would allow the user to alter his size. Armed with a helmet that could control ants, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect to become the mystery-solving Ant-Man. He soon shared his discovery with his girlfriend, Janet Van Dyne, who became his crime-fighting partner as the Wasp. The duo would become founding members of the Avengers, fighting recurring enemies such as the mad scientist Egghead, the mutant Whirlwind, and Pym’s own robotic creation Ultron.

While Pym is the original Ant-Man, he has adopted other aliases over the years including Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, and the Wasp after Janet’s death in Secret Invasion. Leaving his original persona vacant, his successors have taken up the role of Ant-Man while Pym explored these other identities.

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Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

We previously published these Ant-Man articles:

Ant-Man (2015): Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 Film Release Date

Ant-Man / Doctor Strange are part of Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3

Marvel Phase 2 Video: Iron Man 3, Ant-Man, Thor 2, Avengers 2, & More

Ant-Man (2015): Paul Rudd in Talks for Lead Role in Edgar Wright Film

Ant-Man (2015): Edgar Wright Provides Clue on Character’s Identity

Ant-Man‘s plot synopsis: “Biochemist Dr. Hank Pym uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects.”

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Source: Variety, Firstshowing


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