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

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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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  • Christian

    They are crushing it with this casting. Pena has fantastic range.

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  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    He is probably my favorite part of Season 2 of Eastbound and Down.

  • João Paulo

    I hope Bryce get the role, I love her.

  • JBug

    Someone mentioned before that Rashida Jones would be a great Wasp. I know it wouldn’t make sense with the story, but I wouldn’t mind if they re-wrote it to make Wasp work with Lang instead of Pym.

    • Patrick Campbell

      I have a feeling that’s where it’s headed.

  • VicManMan

    I really like Pena. His role in crash was good and all, but it was really the comedies like Eastbound & Down and Observe and report that blew me away. His small role in American Hustle was hilarious.

  • danny

    Bryce Dallas Howard would be my pick but since Jurassic park 4 is coming out that month also she’s probably not going to get it due to competition so Rashida Jones then.

  • danny

    I wish Jessica chastain would get the role tho

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Ever since I saw him in Eastbound & Down I think this guy is fucking awesome. Season 2 was my favoriate. I didn’t even make the connection that he was in Crash and End of Watch and did an awesome job in both of those films. He’s a truelly gifted actor who has a lot of range. Can’t wait to see the role he lands.

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      He was in “Shooter,” with Mark Walberg as well.

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  • Pamela

    Loved Pena as “the sheik” in American Hustle – he was absolutely hilarious.

  • Bob

    I would be fine with either of those choices for Wasp(assuming thats who it is).

    I also wouldnt mind Mila Kunis or Isla Fisher. In fact I think either would be great. So I’m all for Jones, Howard, Kunis, or Fisher getting the role.

    Pene is actually an amazing actor and Im glad he will hopefully be in this movie. He really showed how great an actor he truly is in End of Watch. This cast is turning out fantastic-so far Rudd, Douglas, and Pene? Thats great, add in any of the four woman I mentioned and even better. Now who for the villain-if that’s not the part Pene is signing for which I doubt it is.

    • JBug

      I don’t Fisher can act very well, but I’ll give you that she is the right look and voice.

      • Bob

        I think she’s an okay actress, who is just getting better, and I think this role would be perfect for her. Her best work imho is in Wedding Crashers where every scene she’s in, she just steals. Even though that shopping movie is awful, her perfomance in it was great. She was also fun in Now You See Me.

      • JBug

        I think she’s an actress who is getting worse. Wedding Crashers was her best movie and she hasn’t hit that quality since. I thought she did a poor job in Now You See Me. It seemed like she signed for a part that didn’t end up being as significant as she thought it would be. She had very little screen time.

      • JBug

        I think she’s an actress who is getting worse. Wedding Crashers was her best movie and she hasn’t hit that quality since. I thought she did a poor job in Now You See Me. It seemed like she signed for a part that didn’t end up being as significant as she thought it would be. She had very little screen time.

  • Dmula

    awesome

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