This past Sunday, Michael Douglas won a Golden Globe for his performance in the HBO movie Behind The Candelabra. In the film, he portrays the infamous and flamboyant pianist Liberace, who was known for his extravagant costumes. According to Variety, Michael Douglas will wear a much different costume for his next acting gig as the actor has signed on to play Hank Pym in Marvel’s Ant-Man, set to be directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The World’s End).
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the original Ant-Man comics, Pym is a scientist who becomes the original Ant-Man. Following the confirmation that Paul Rudd will be playing the tiny superhero, many speculated that Rudd will be portraying Pym but that no longer appears to be factual.
Director Edgar Wright recently posted a photo from the animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on Facebook. The image was from an episode called “To Steal An Ant-Man,” based on the issue of Marvel Premiere #47. In that storyline, Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man suit created by Pym to commit a robbery, but he decides to do good instead and becomes the next Ant-Man. Wright has since confirmed with Douglas’ casting that the plan is to include both Hank Pym and Scott Lang in the storyline. Wright says:
“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.”
Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige has also compared Edgar Wright’s vision of Ant-Man as a heist film, so this all makes sense. Ant-Man will arrive in theaters on July 31st, 2015.
UPDATE: In other casting news, The Wrap has reported that End of Watch and American Hustle actor Michael Pena has been offered an unspecified role. Apparently, Parks & Recreation star Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard are being considered for the lead female role but it hasn’t been confirmed.
Make sure to check back on more updates on Ant-Man as they come our way.