Well it’s official Paul Rudd will be playing Scott Lang in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie because the role of Hank Pym has just been filled! Announced today, Michael Douglas (Falling Down) will be joining the cast as an older version of the character, and hopefully this also means that he will have a role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, or at least be mentioned when it comes to the creation of the killer robot. Oh, and maybe Coulson will end up being Vision after all, one can hope right?! Anywho, it is an interesting choice for the role and I am excited to see how it will work on screen. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had the following to say about the casting:
[box_light]”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. 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.”[/box_light]
Edgar Wright actually said the following in an interview back in 2006 in regards to uniting the two characters on screen:
[box_light]The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… 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.”[/box_light]
UPDATE Douglas responded to the news of his casting by telling Routers:
“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”
What do you think about the casting Towelites?! Sound off in the comments!!