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Paul Rudd Set to Star in Marvel's Ant-Man


Marvel's Ant-Man has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!

The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel and Wright 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.


Currently it's unknown what version of Ant-Man he will play. We all know of the original, Hank Pym who is responsible for creating Ultron and was one of the original Avengers. Since the Wasp has also been mentioned Hank is the obvious choice but because Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't use Hank to create Ultron we might see one of the others.

The second Ant-Man was Scott Lang a criminal who changed his way sand is currently Ant-Man with the Future Foundation/Fantastic Four. Lang's name has been dropped before when mentioning the movie. The third Ant-Man is of course Eric O'Grady who was an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and could also be a possible choice if Marvel chooses to introduce the character in the ABC Television show. Considering the use of a comedian for the role I'm not sure who they will use.

This is the first announced casting for the film, though Rashida Jones has been rumored to potentially be in contention for the role of The Wasp, Hank Pym's traditional superheroic and romantic partner. "Ant-Man" has been in development, with "Shaun of the Dead" director Wright at the helm, since 2006.
"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," said Marvel's Kevin Feige. "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."
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.  Rudd can currently be seen in Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues, as well as past roles in Anchorman, This Is 40, I Love You, Man, Role Models, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Our Idiot Brother, Knocked Up, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin among numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.

In addition to “Ant-Man,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014; "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014; and "Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

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