This is amazing: Paul Rudd has been cast as Hank Pym in Marvel’s Ant-Man, the first film in their third phase of films.
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.
“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 has been a mainstay of supporting roles and often steals the the movie from the leads. Case in point Anchorman, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and many others. He’s taken the lead in many others including I Love You Man Role Models, and Our Idiot Brother. Hell, I’ve kinda loved him since Clueless.
He also seems like a natural fit for Edgar Wright’s style of film making, and since Marvel has been good about letting directors put their own stamp on films here’s hoping that Ant-Man turns out to be as funny as we know it can be, and since Wright made Nick Frost look like a damn ninja this year in The World’s End I’m really looking forward to the action he creates for Rudd.