Paul Rudd to Play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright's Marvel Movie (Exclusive)

Paul Rudd to Play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright's Marvel Movie (Exclusive)

With Joseph Gordon-Levitt turning his attention to “Sandman,” the “Anchorman 2” star has landed the coveted lead

(UPDATE 12/19 6:30 p.m: Marvel Studios has confirmed that Paul Rudd has been cast as the title character in Marvel's “Ant-Man.” According to the press release, “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. 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.

“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,” Marvel's Kevin Feige said in a statement released exclusively via Marvel.com. “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.”) TheWrap's earlier exclusive is below:

After months of speculation, Paul Rudd has landed the lead in Marvel's “Ant-Man” and is now in negotiations to play Hank Pym, multiple sources have told TheWrap.

Representatives for Marvel and Rudd had no comment.

Edgar Wright is directing the movie from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish, and Disney will release the film on July 31, 2015. Marvel's Kevin Feige will produce with Nira Park.

Also Read: Disney Shifts Marvel's ‘Ant-Man’ to Summer 2015 — Sets ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel Showdown

In recent interviews to promote “Anchorman 2” as well as his recent stint hosting “Saturday Night Live,” Rudd has appeared noticeably slimmer, and sources tell TheWrap that's because he's training for the physical role of Ant-Man.

Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been considered the frontrunners for the coveted role since October, though Gordon-Levitt has appeared in several comic book adaptations and is gearing up for another one in WB's “Sandman.” Rudd is more of a natural fit for the comedic character, and his “SNL” episode represented a season high in terms of viewers.

Also Read: Paul Rudd, One Direction ‘SNL’ Episode Hits Season High in Viewers

Rudd will play a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to change his size and communicate with insects. The actor, who next stars in David Wain's Sundance-bound comedy “They Came Together,” is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

  • Prof. Bananas Goldsteinberg

    Ant-man isn't really a comedic character…..

    • Abed is Batman now.

      When he turns into the Yellow Jacket, he is.

      • Prof. Bananas Goldsteinberg

        Sure, but this isn't a Yellow Jacket movie.

    • coolguy101

      and Edgar Wright can do dark moments, have you seen Shaun of the Dead??

    • Bryan

      He can be funny but he can also be dark and that describes Paul Rudd as he has his fair share of serious moments even in his comedy films.

    • LeightonJones

      We haven't seen him in the MCU yet so we don't know what the film version of the character will be like…

    • stephenmonteith

      Comedians, I think, have an advantage at playing serious characters. They have an insight into what makes people smile, which, paradoxically, also makes them better at making people do the opposite of smiling. Don't believe me? Michael Keaton made a great Batman, and Jim Carrey made a great…whatever his character's name was in “Eternal Sunshine”.

    • Brian Rewis

      You are failing to realize that comedy is the hardest thing to do in entertainment. Making people laugh on a consistent basis is tough, and Rudd pulls it off effortlessly. This is why many comedic actors are able to transition into serious roles, and the same is not true in reverse.

    • Brian Bowhay

      but the post Age of Ultron Pym is light hearted in a childlike way

  • Time Cop

    Best casting for any marvel hero ever. 100% on board.

  • nekro75

    Great mistake, it could be the first marvel´s movie on the rocks…

  • JackAction

    Last I heard they were using Scott Lang as Ant Man and leaving Hank Pym out of the MCU altogether. So either the article is confused or the sources are bullshit.

    • Sonja Smith

      I'd prefer Scott Lang's incarnation, to be honest. I always preferred him to Hank. But this is the first time I've seen anyone say that. I've always heard they were going to go with Hank, but believe me when I say that I hope you're right. Thought Scott, obviously, is very, very, very blonde, just like his very, very, very blonde daughter.

      • Robert Kalani Foxworthy

        actualy hank pym is blond scott lang has dark hair.. so does the most resent ant man O'Grady. Ogrady was funny. i think it will probatilly be an almagmization of the deffrent ant man incarnations. I always liked hank pym he gets no respect. people are to fast to minimize his contrabutions. also that fact he isnt going to be the creator of ultron is dis hearting. him being left off the first avengers is as well. SInce he Founded the avengers a drafted there charter. So hope fully it will be him that is creidited with comming up with avengers Intiative.

    • Brian Rewis

      Hank Pym is who Edgar Wright has been talking about for months

  • LawdNikon

    “Rudd will play a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to change his size and communicate with insects. ”
    I thought Ant Man's size changing and insect communication was based off his technology (ie the helmet)? So theres your first major change right there no?

    • Nony

      It's from the Pym Particles he created. They're infused with his costume though.

      • LawdNikon

        Ohh ok. Thanks for that. Didn't know about the Pym particles

  • Pitan Johansson

    If they use the Ultimate version of Hank Pym this is a great choice.

  • tituscrow

    another hollywood miscasting blunder, when are they going to learn