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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
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
Edgard 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 adap, 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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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
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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
Call it a case of dominoes falling. With the news this week that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was developing a Sandman movie, Marvel announced today that the other front-runner to play the title character in Ant-Man had been cast. That's right. Paul Rudd is Ant-Man. Sort of. Variety broke the news of the Anchorman 2 star's potential casting this afternoon. The trade reports that Rudd is in "early negotiations" to star in the first film of Marvel's Phase Three lineup of films. Edgar Wright is directing and cowriting the film. Marvel had no official comment on the potential casting as it will likely make its own announcement soon. Rudd was always an interesting and unexpected candidate for the role. Known more for his comedic roles, he'll be...
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Rudd was tipped as an early favourite to play scientist-turned-superhero Henry Pym, although he recently insisted that he knew "nothing" of the project.
One option would see Rudd take the lead role for a movie that would explore Ant-Man's origins.
There has been no official comment on the latest casting rumours.
It was recently announced that Wright will not be shooting Ant-Man in the UK, as originally planned.
Ant-Man will be released on July 31, 2015.
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After being rumored for the role for months, Paul Rudd has been confirmed for Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. The news comes via The Wrap, who tell us that the other contender, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is instead choosing to focus on Sandman and so, the studio has gone with Rudd.
It’s a good thing too, as due to his excellent comedic chops, I think Rudd is the better choice and will suit the character more than Gordon-Levitt would have. Plus, seeing as Wright is known primarily as a director with a great sense of comedy, the duo should work well together.
Of course, Rudd will play the titular role, that of Ant-Man aka Henry Pym, “a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size and communicate with insects.” No other casting has been confirmed at this time but we’ll let you know when we hear more. »
- Matt Joseph
Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has landed the lead of Hank Pym in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, and is currently in early talks with the studio. Wright co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), one that centers on the scientist Pym who invented a substance known as Pym Particles that let him alter his size from nearly microscopic to gigantic. It looks like Rudd will be donning the special helmet, which both protects his identity and lets him communicate with ants and other insects, when Ant-Man debuts in theaters July 31, 2015. Hit the jump for more. The Wrap reports that Rudd is in early talks to play the lead in Ant-Man, having beaten out another contender in Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who recently signed on to produce and star in Warner Bros.' Sandman adaptation with an eye to direct). No plot details are currently available for Ant-Man, but »
- Dave Trumbore
It would appear that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting very close to growing by one more superhero. And it's a tiny one. It was all the way back in October when it was first revealed that Marvel Studios had taken an interest in Paul Rudd as a potential star for Edgar Wright's upcoming Ant-Man movie, and today it appears as though the rumor may turn out to be the real deal. According to The Wrap, the comedic star is now in early negotiations to play Hank Pym in Marvel's first post-Avengers: Age of Ultron release. When Rudd's name was first announced as being on the Marvel radar for Ant-Man, his name was paired with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's. Earlier this week, however, we learned that the Dark Knight Rises star is now going to star in and potentially direct DC Comics' Sandman adaptation, which means that he is »
Marvel has found the star on their next giant movie, Ant-Man. Paul Rudd had been chosen to star in the movie, which is being directed by Edgar Wright and already has a release date of July 31, 2015. Rudd was in contention for the role with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and although Rudd was the front-runner for some time, Marvel took its time pulling the trigger. Some speculate that when Gordon-Levitt became attached to Sandman, based on a character by Marvel’s rival, DC Entertainment, that only hastened the dealmaking. Photos: 25 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies Ant-Man
- Borys Kit
The actor was one of the top two actors considered for the role, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has now turned his attention to the Sandman comic book adaptation. Paul Rudd was considered a more natural fit for the character, given his comedic sensibilities.
Edgar Wright is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Cornish, based on the Marvel comic book character created by Jack Kirby. No production schedule was given for this highly-anticipated comic book adaptation.
The story follows Hank Pym, a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to shrink to the size of an ant and communicate with insects. The project will be the first of Marvel's Phase Three slate of movies.
Representatives for Marvel and Paul Rudd had no comment.
Ant-Man comes to theaters July 31st, »
Rudd, along with Joseph Gordon Levitt, was considered one of the front-runners for the part as Variety first reported.
In the comics, the character’s alter-ego is Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size and communicate with insects. One scenario that was rumored when Wright first came on is that he would focus on the later years of Ant-Man and add the character Scott Lang, a crook who steals Pym’s technology and becomes the new Ant-Man. This may hint at the idea that both Rudd and Gordon Levitt could potentially become involved in the film, although this idea as of right now seems unlikely. »
- Justin Kroll
After months of speculation, Paul Rudd has landed the lead in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and is in early talks 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. Kevin Feige will produce for Marvel. In recent interviews to promote “Anchorman 2″ as well as his recent stint hosting “Saturday Night Live,” Rudd has appeared noticeably slimmer, »
- Jeff Sneider
Can I just say how super excited I am that Paul Rudd is getting closer to taking on the role of Ant-man? Okay, let me get to the facts first instead of fangirling all over the place. It's not official but sources are telling Variety that Paul Rudd is in early negotiations to play Hank Pym/Ant-Man in Edgar Wright's take on the comic hero. Now this kind of sucks because we're probably going to hear in a day or so that he's locked the role down. Just Tell Us He Got It. It was down to Rudd and »
- Niki Stephens
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