After months of speculation and numerous denials that he was in the running for the part of Ant-Man, in the upcoming 2015 Marvel Studios film, comedic actor Paul Rudd (Archorman 2) will be suiting up!
Variety has reported that Rudd will play original Ant-Man, Dr Henry “Hank” Pym, who created the Pym-Particles which gives Ant-Man’s suit the power to change size! In the comics Pym also could grow to be huge, which form was called Giant-Man. This is exciting news as Rudd’s comedy style will fit in perfectly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I can’t wait to see some actual footage! So get ready Avengers fans because we are finally getting another of the originals! Now we have to wait to see if Wasp shows up. No word if Rudd will appear in the upcoming Avengers Age of Ultron movie set to release earlier in the year, but since Pym had a lot to do with the creation of the evil robot anything could happen, especially with the casting happening already. Keep it tooned here to DFAT for all of your essential Marvel Studios updates!
UPDATED: Here is the official Marvel press release, with no indication of which incarnation of Ant-Man Rudd will portray:
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!
The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.
“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”
Rudd brings a diverse background to the role having become one of the industry’s most known actors with a reputation for smart, funny and creative performances. Rudd can currently be seen in “Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues,” as well as past roles in “Anchorman,” “This Is 40,” “I Love You, Man,” “Role Models,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” among numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.
In addition to “Ant-Man,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.