It’s officially official: Paul Rudd is Ant-Man. After news broke last night that Rudd was in talks to lead Marvel’s Ant-Man, the studio confirmed today that the actor has been set to star in the title role for director Edgar Wright. Moreover, the press release notes that Rudd is the actor “that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man.” Marvel has been developing Ant-Man with Wright for some time, first announcing the project at Comic-Con alongside Jon Favreau’s first Iron Man film, so it’s nice to hear that Wright and Co. have landed the actor that they first landed upon years ago. Ant-Man kicks off what’s sure to be a string of Marvel appearances for Rudd, who will very likely be joining his cinematic companions in The Avengers 3.
Wright co-wrote Ant-Man with Joe Cornish and the film will be produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Wright’s longtime producing partner Nira Park. Filming is set to begin next year in anticipation of a July 31, 2015 release date. Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding Rudd’s casting, which includes a quote from Feige.
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 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 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.