Confirmed - Paul Rudd Is Ant Man!
After months of speculation Paul Rudd has been cast as the titular character in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. A number of sources are claim that, while Rudd is still in talks over the role, it is a done deal. Rudd has beaten off competition from Joseph Gordon Levitt for the role of Hank Pym (Ant-Man), with Levitt having recently committed to the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.
Ant-Man represents Marvel's next phase of origin stories and director Edgar Wright has described the project as more of a heist movie than the adventure stories we've seen from the comic book giant so far. With Edgar Wright at the helm, there's sure to be a significant comedic aspect to Ant-Man and Rudd's dry and casual form of humor seems like the perfect match.
What seems like many moons ago, it was expected that Simon Pegg, Wright's good friend and Co-Writer of the 3 Flavors Cornetto Trilogy (Sean of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and World's End) would get the nod as Pym, but Pegg was quick to refute those claims. This led to months of heated speculation as to who would land the role and who was right for it. Dozens of names were wheeled out with each fan seemingly having their own idea of how the role should be performed and who should perform it. The announcement of Rudd was therefore never going to please everyone, but this particular fan is pretty pleased...
Rudd is in danger of being typecast as that goofy naive guy that he pays so well in movies like Our Idiot Brother, Anchorman and Role Models. This is an opportunity for Rudd to broaden his horizons while still displaying his undeniable comic abilities. I see Rudd taking what is essentially a fringe Marvel character and making it incredibly popular, much the same way that Robert Downey Jr. did with Iron Man. With Edgar Wright in charge and Rudd as the lead, Ant-Man looks set to be a witty, intelligent sci-fi movie that will hopefully link directly into the Ultron story arc and lead to Ant-Man's inclusion in the 3rd Avenger's movie.
Ant-Man is scheduled for a release in the summer of sci-fi on July 31st 2015.