Confirming rumors that Edgar Wright’s upcoming “Ant-Man” film at Marvel Studios will feature more than one Ant-Man, it has been announced that Michael Douglas has joined the cast in the role of Hank Pym. In the statement, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says:
“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves. We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”
Paul Rudd has been cast as the title character in the film, but in the press release regarding his casting it was never mentioned which version of Ant-Man he would play. Douglas’ hiring would confirm Rudd is set to play Scott Lang.
Wright previously indicated both Pym and Lang feature in the film in an interview a few years ago with Superhero Hype. Wright confirmed today that his quote from that interview about the storyline is still accurate. That quote:
“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… Hank 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.”
Production on the new film is slated to begin shortly in Georgia.