Michael Peña in Talks to Join Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

     January 14, 2014


The Marvel news is definitely flowing now that everyone is back from their holiday break.  Fans have been waiting years to see writer/director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero Ant-Man, and production is finally set to begin this coming April.  We learned yesterday that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd’s lead role as Scott Lang, and now another actor looks close to joining the cast as The Wrap reports that Michael Peña has an offer to take on a role in the Marvel pic.  Hit the jump for more, including news regarding the female lead.

michael-pena-ant-manThe folks over at The Wrap are reporting that Michael Peña has been offered a role in Ant-Man and that the actor is keen to take it.  Details regarding the character—like whether he’s a friend or a foe—are unknown at this time, but Peña apparently wants to sign on.  The actor has a knack for seamlessly moving between dramas (End of Watch) and comedies (Observe and ReportAmerican Hustle), so he seems like a swell fit for Wright’s specific brand of humor.  The filmmaker has previously noted that Ant-Man will indeed have comedic aspects, but he was quick to point out that most of Marvel’s output has a fair amount of humor.

Wright and producer Kevin Feige have now turned to casting the film’s female lead, and though some reports claim Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard are in contention for the role, sources tell us that information is false.  With production on Ant-Man poised to begin in April, we should hear firm word with regards to the role soon enough.

Peña is currently gearing up to film Gracepoint, Fox’s U.S. remake of the excellent British series Broadchurch.  Production on the show begins January 27th in Vancouver, which should give Peña time to complete his TV duties before moving into Ant-Man, which is set to commence production April 30th in Atlanta. The actor will also be seen later this year opposite Brad Pitt in David Ayer’s World War II actioner FuryAnt-Man opens in theaters July 31, 2015.


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