Simon Pegg is a funny guy. He’s also smart. The Internet rumor machine was kicked into high gear earlier today when Pegg tweeted a photo of himself at the Marvel offices pointing to a picture of the Marvel comics character Ant-Man. Given that filmmaker Edgar Wright—Pegg’s friend and frequent collaborator—is set to direct Ant-Man as his next film, some folks took this as a hint or outright confirmation that Pegg was poised to star in the feature film adaptation of the sometimes-tiny superhero. Hit the jump for more, including the “photo of interest.”
Pegg is currently in the middle of the US press tour for his new film The World’s End (co-written and directed by Wright), and today he stopped by the Marvel offices to participate in a podcast. The actor subsequently took to Twitter to share images from his visit, and after tweeting photos of him holding Thor’s hammer and standing underneath Hulk, Pegg shared the following image:
So, does this mean that Pegg is starring in Ant-Man? It’s possible. It’s also possible that Nathan Fillion is starring in Ant-Man. Or Nick Frost. Or Brad Pitt. The fact is, no one has announced any casting for the film. We don’t even know which iteration of Ant-Man will be the main character in Wright’s pic. The film isn’t slated for release until November 2015, and filming likely won’t get underway until well into next year, so firm casting decisions probably haven’t even been made yet.
Again, Simon Pegg is not stupid. He knew exactly what he was doing when he posted that picture of him pointing to Ant-Man, and the internet predictably went into assumption/rumor mode. While it’s possible that Pegg could end up playing the title character in the Marvel film years from now, you can enjoy a spectacular Pegg/Wright collaboration in just one short week when The World’s End (which is great) opens in theaters on August 23rd.