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Paul Rudd did more than just make out with Barbara Walters when he stopped by "Good Morning America" Wednesday (Dec. 18). He also talked about the movie he was there to promote: "Anchorman: The Legend Continues."
For Rudd, the role of Brian Fantana was one he's wanted since he first heard about it. "When I read the script for 'Anchorman,' the first one, I just thought it was the funniest thing I'd ever read and I really fought to get an audition for it," he tells George Stephanopoulos.
In fact, Rudd wanted the part so badly that he went to the audition entirely in character.
"I don't usually dress up for an audition, but with that one, because it was so specific, I went dressed in costume," he says. "The costume designer for that film is a woman named Deb Maguire, [and] was also doing costumes for 'Friends, »
Earlier in the month, Rudd got caught on the ole red carpet for the glorious premiere of what will most likely become this year’s biggest comedy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Evidently, the most important question that came to mind at the time was whether he would be playing Ant-Man in his solo feature, to which Rudd commented (in a rather artificial manner, I might add) :
“Oh, [laughs] that’s all rumour man, sorry. There’s nothing I know, sorry.”
However, just moments ago, Variety reported that its sources over at that big place where lots of comic book things come to life (Marvel HQ) had confirmed that Rudd is indeed going to be playing Ant-Man and that he is currently in early negotiations for the role. Previously, the rumours mill, general internet whisperings and hopefuls all contributed that either Rudd or Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be playing Hank Pym/Ant-Man, »
- Matthew Ceo
After hearing this past fall that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd were the frontrunners to play Ant-Man in Marvels Phase Three title from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), the deliberation is over, and it seems we have our tiny superhero cast. The Wrap has learned that with Joseph Gordon-Levitt heading to the comic book adaptation of Sandman at Warner Bros., the Anchorman and I Love You, Man star is now taking the lead role as Hank Pym, the man who would become Ant-Man. Recent interviewers have noticed Rudd being in better shape than he was previously, but denied any involvement. Read on! Of course, we wouldn't expect anything less of an actor signing up for the big screen comic book universe. The film would see Rudd playing a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to change his size and communicate with insects. The test reel shown »
- Ethan Anderton
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- NATHANIEL R
With word that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to produce and possibly star and direct D.C. and Warner Bros.’ “Sandman”, it seemed a no-brainer he wasn’t going to be signing on to play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s film. As you’ll recall, Gordon-Levitt was one of three frontrunners rumored for the role, along with Paul Rudd and an unidentified third man. Now according to The Wrap, Rudd has indeed landed the superhero role, and is currently “in negotiations” to play Hank Pym, scientist and superhero extraordinaire. It makes sense, actually. Pym, like Tony Stark, was never going to be one of those young whipper snappers like Thor or even Captain America. He was always going to be older and wiser and more of a smart ass, and that’s something Rudd brings to the table. Word is, Rudd, who is currently out and about promoting “Anchorman 2″, is already looking slimmer, »
Variety reports that Paul Rudd is allegedly in talks to star in Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man, beating out Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the role of scientist Henry Pym. Considering both Rudd's casting and the fact his powers will be changing size and controlling insects, Ant-Man seems destined to be a goofy, wisecracking superhero. They wouldn’t try to do a straight superhero film with Paul Rudd, would they? What would that even look like? When answering, please keep in mind the shrinking and talking to bugs. »
- Halle Kiefer
Jacques Clouseau. Frank Drebin. Austin Powers.
Make way for Ron Burgundy on the Mount Rushmore of comic buffoonery.
With Anchorman 2, the legend really does continue. With Will Ferrell back as the bloviating male chauvinist behind the porn mustache, Paul Rudd on the prowl, Steve Carell courting a she-Brick, and David Koechner crossing every friendship boundary, the chemistry that made the 2004 comedy a frat-boy quote machine is intact. In the new film, Ron reunites the news team at Gnn, the first 24-hour cable news station, after a very public fall from grace that cost him his job and marriage to »
- Jeff Labrecque
Update 12/1/13: According to The Wrap -- and following previous rumors outlined below on October 25 of this year -- Paul Rudd is now in negotiations to play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright's upcoming Marvel movie, the first of its Phase Three series of movies. This was pretty expected, and if anything Rudd's body changes over the past couple of months gave it away. Now we wait to see if Rashida Jones is indeed who they cast opposite Rudd as the film's leading female, or if the studio goes in another direction. See the original rumor below, with more thoughts on why Rudd makes a great Ant-Man. The film is due in theaters on July 31, 2015, two months after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. 10/25/13: While no official announcements have been made yet, it's...
- Erik Davis
Marvel Studios has proven it’s a force to be reckoned with, changing the game with its shared universe model, making a multi-million brand out of superhero movies, and breakout stars out of more than a few actors. But riskier waters lie ahead for the studio, with comic book properties that virtually no one outside of the fanboy community knows about (Guardians of the Galaxy) or cares about (Ant-Man).
But will the skepticism about Ant-Man change – now that we know that charm-king actor Paul Rudd is playing him?
The Wrap dropped the exclusive announcement of Rudd “being in talks” with Marvel Studios, but with months of speculation that Rudd was in competition for the role against Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who’s since moved ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
The long-rumored crowning of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is finally happening. He is Marvel‘s choice to star as the title character in the Edgar Wright-directed film. Rudd has proven himself adept at light drama and he is exceptionally good at comedy, but I never really thought of him as superhero material. Wright, who wrote the Ant-Man script with Joe Cornish, showed at Comic-Con two years ago a demonstration of the technology developed that displayed a speck-sized Ant-Man running down the barrel of a gun and then re-emerging in actual size to put a hurting on a bad guy. It was pretty cool stuff, but Wright put the whole thing down to make The World’s End first. He did that mainly because the film’s producer, Working Title’s Eric Fellner, was diagnosed with cancer. Wright — who felt that Shaun Of The Dead — the first leg of what »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
• Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Blackbeard in Warner Bros.’ Pan. Joe Wright (Anna Karenina) is directing the Peter Pan origin story off of a script from Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift). The role was reportedly originally offered to Javier Bardem, who ended up passing on the project. Ryan Gosling also reportedly passed on the Hook part. In this film, Blackbeard will be Pan’s main antagonist, while Hook serves as an ally. In addition to Pan, Wright is looking for an actor to portray Tiger Lily. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Edgar Wright. Joe Cornish. Paul Rudd. Dream Team? No matter your stance on the Marvel movies, ya gotta hand it to Kevin Feige and his team for collecting all kinds of talented people to join them on their super hero escapades. And what of Ant-Man, their pint-sized hero? Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have written the script, with Wright directing the big screen comic adaptation, but who shall be our man of ants? Variety reports that Paul Rudd has raised his antennae to the part, though it is yet unclear which version of the hero he will play. Scientist Hank Pym was the original Ant-Man (also Giant Man), with criminal turned hero Scott Lang coming next, and then Eric O'Grady, a low level agent of S.H.I.E.L.D....
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Sneak Peek new images and synopsis from "The Simpsons" episode "Steal This Episode", airing January 5, 2014, with guest-voices Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogan, Channing Tatum and Rob Halford:
"...'Homer' becomes annoyed with movie theaters, so Bart teaches him how to download movies illegally.
"Homer is delighted with his discovery of free movies until he's caught for piracy..."
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- Michael Stevens
Paul Rudd may be best known for his high-profile supporting comedic roles, but the veteran actor might be going the superhero route. The Wrap reports that Rudd has been cast as biochemist Hank Pym in director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.
The Kevin Feige-produced Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015 and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but little else is known about Marvel’s newest addition to their big-screen superhero universe. For instance, there may be a second character — Scott Lang — who steals »
- Lindsey Bahr
More Breaking Superhero Movie News
Congrats to Jeff Sneider over at The Wrap who bagged the exclusive Marvel scoop.
Rudd lost all that weight, and made a special guest appearance on Saturday Night live fueling the fire even more.
Could Paul Rudd be playing Hank Pym or Scott Lang? Who knows.
Of course Marvel and Rudd’s camp have no comment. Expect the obvious confirmation on Marvel.com down the line after they work out the paperwork an deal.
- El Mayimbe
Kicking off Marvel Studio's Phase Three, Edgar Wright's Ant-Man has finally landed it's star, with Paul Rudd in negotiations to play the heroes alter ego, Hank Pym, inventor of the substance which gives him to power to alter his size at will (one of two men to hold the mantle in the movie, with Pym's successor to the name, Scott Lang, said to play a part). In recent months, rumour have suggested that the role was down to Rudd and Joesph Gordon-Levitt, but with Gordon-Levitt now linked to the adaption of DC's Sandman, it looks like Rudd has won out. This continues Marvel Studio's run of surprising us with their choice of actors (mouths were agape when Robert Downey Jr was cast as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth was untested before Thor. I could go on), but considering Rudd's comedy talents, I think he'll suit whatever vision Wright conjures up for the character. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
"Oh, that's all rumor, man. There's nothing I know, sorry," Paul Rudd said last week about his rumored participation in Marvel's "Ant-Man." Fibs? Couldn't speak to it yet? Well, the "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" actor is apparently now in early talks to play the lead character, presumably Hank Pym (the comics has two different Ant-Men who wore the bit-sized mantle). Directed by Edgar Wright ("The World's End," "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Universe"), "Ant-Man" was co-written by writer/director Joe Cornish ("Attack The Block") and has been in development for several years; to the point we're amazed Marvel actually made the leap to make it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was also rumored to be in contention for the part, but he's got "Sandman," his own super hero movie to contend with now. A Robert Downey Jr-inspired left-of-center casting choice? (Remember Rdj's name was mud back then and Jon Favreau had to fight »
- Edward Davis
Marvel is pushing Edgar Wright's Ant-Man movie forward, and it looks like Paul Rudd is actually going to end up in the role! He is currently in negotiations with the studio which will most likely lead to a closed deal. It's not a rumor anymore people, Rudd is on his way to being Ant-Man.
Back in October the rumor broke that Rudd and Joseph Gordon Levitt, were being considered for the role. Rudd has been dogging lots of question about it while doing interviews for Anchorman 2. He's been doing a great job of not saying anything, but it looks like the cat is out of the bag.
Wright will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish. I think Rudd is a great choice for the part, and I'm excited to see what Wright has in store for the fans with this film, »
- Joey Paur
The first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three is “Ant-Man.” Following “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the superhero movie about a scientist that creates a special suit that can make him shrink in size (he can also grow to become Giant-Man as well). While director Edgar Wright will take a stab at making superhero movies, “Ant-Man” has been in development with Marvel Studios since 2006. Now it looks like Marvel and Edgar Wright found the right actor to play Dr. Hank Pym Aka Ant-Man. According to Variety, Paul Rudd is now in negotiations to play Ant-Man. This is pretty expected considering all the rumors surround his involvement [ Read More ]
- Rudie Obias
Paul Rudd is Ant-Man. The "Anchorman 2" star is in "early negotiations" for the title role in Marvel's forthcoming superhero flick, according to Variety, which earlier reported that both Rudd and Gordon-Levitt (who's now committed to developing a big-screen version of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" alongside screenwriter David Goyer) were in the running for the part. Edgar Wright ("The World's End") is on board to direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"). Ant-Man's alter-ego is Henry Pym, a brilliant biochemist who gains the power to shrink down to the size of an insect after he »
- HitFix Staff
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