By Will Ashton
Though it was widely assumed that Paul Rudd would be the character of Hank Pym in Ant-Man, as he is playing the title character in the film, it appears that Marvel has somebody else in mind for the character. It has just been announced that Michael Douglas will be playing him in the upcoming superhero movie.
Marvel announced today that Douglas, hot off his Golden Globe win last night for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie for Behind the Candelabra, will be playing the character in a press release. Although Variety initially stated that he was to be playing the villain in the film.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige said:
“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.”
This is certainly an interesting development, but I trust director Edgar Wright and the whole team involved. Ant-Man will be coming to theaters on July 31, 2015.