Michael Douglas to Play Hank Pym in Marvel’s ANT-MAN

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Marvel is taking a big gamble on a largely unknown property with a weird premise and strange set of characters with this August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but they also have a less widely known property on tap for 2015 by way of the incredibly promising Ant-Man.  We learned last month that Paul Rudd will lead writer/director Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation, but the question that lingered on everyone’s mind was which Ant-Man Rudd would be playing.  In the comics there have been a few people that have donned the Ant-Man suit, most notably creator Hank Pym and then later a thief named Scott Lang.

When Wright recently teased Scott Lang with an image posted on Twitter, we were directed to an old interview with the filmmaker in which he talked about using both Hank Pym and Scott Lang in his Ant-Man film.  Well that’s exactly what he’s going to do, as Marvel has just announced that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym in the feature.  Hit the jump for more.

Edgar Wright Teases ANT-MAN Story and Using Scott Lang as the Protagonist Instead of Hank Pym

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You may recall that back in 2009 through 2010, Edgar Wright took up posting a photo a day on his website, and among the images on his daily photoblog he would tease Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  It’s possible he’s started up the habit again for Ant-Man.  Yesterday, Wright posted an image from the animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes episode “To Steal an Ant-Man” in which Scott Lang swipes the original Ant-Man equipment from inventor Hank Pym, and uses it to commit crimes.  While there’s been a persistent assumption that Pym would be the lead character in Ant-Man since he’s the original superhero, he’s also kind of the worst (at least in the comics).  Additionally, when Paul Rudd signed on to play the role, Marvel’s official announcement didn’t specify his non-costumed alter-ego.

Hit the jump for more.  Ant-Man opens July 31, 2015.

Marvel Confirms Paul Rudd Will Lead Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

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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.

Paul Rudd in Talks to Play ANT-MAN

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Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has landed the lead of Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and is currently in early talks with the studio.  Wright co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), one that centers on the scientist Pym who invented a substance known as Pym Particles that let him alter his size from nearly microscopic to gigantic.  It looks like Rudd will be donning the special helmet, which both protects his identity and lets him communicate with ants and other insects, when Ant-Man debuts in theaters July 31, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

Edgar Wright Talks THE WORLD’S END, Constructing the “Twin-Bot”, the Writing Process, ANT-MAN Casting Rumors, and More

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I’m a big fan of Edgar Wright‘s films, and his latest, The World’s End, will probably end up on my annual Top 10 list.  It’s not just funny and emotionally satisfying, but the construction is superb, and yet it’s markedly different than his previous films in the “Cornetto Trilogy”, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

I was hoping to talk to him about the film during its theatrical release, but I’m glad we got to discuss last week since The World’s End is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.  During our conversation, we talked about tweaking and altering early ideas for the script (like the construction of the “twin-bot”), making the characters an amalgam of high school acquaintances, and more.  Also, knowing I couldn’t get much of an answer, I reluctantly asked him about the Ant-Man casting rumors.  To my surprise and Wright’s credit, he did provide a brief answer.  Hit the jump to check out the interview. [Warning: This interview contains spoilers for people who haven't seen The World's End]

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Talk THE WORLD’S END, Generations of Arrested Development, the Infamous ANT-MAN Photo, and More

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Last week, I took a trip to London for the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download release of Edgar Wright’s The World’s End.  While I’ll have a full recap of my trip tomorrow, part of the trip involved sitting down to a nice meal with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the St. Stephens Tavern.  Usually, interviews with actors are around ten to twenty minutes, but my fellow movie website writers and I got to spend an hour-and-a-half eating lunch and chatting with the charming actors.  I wish all interviews could go like this since it’s more laid back, the conversation flows more freely, and delicious fish and chips are always a welcome bonus.

Instead of transcribing the entire 90-minute interview, I’ve pulled out some of the highlights, which includes more details about the robots (a.k.a “blanks”), the actors’ past films, the story behind the infamous Ant-Man photo Pegg posted to Twitter, Internet rumors, the culture of arrested development, and much more.  Hit the jump to read the recap.  The World’s End as well as the “Cornetto Trilogy”, which also contains Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, are now available for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.

Kevin Feige Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, the Humor, Deleted Scenes, ANT-MAN, Future Marvel One-Shots, 2016 and 2017 Movies, His Contract, More

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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World opening around the world next week and in North America on November 8th, I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers in London.  As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

During my interview with Kevin Feige (Marvel’s President of Production), he talked about how funny the sequel is, deleted scenes and how many will be on the Blu-ray, his reaction to the latest draft of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, if they’ve started filming the next Marvel one-shot, when his contract ends, when we can expect an Ant-Man casting announcement, if we’re any closer to finding out which Marvel movies are coming in 2016 and 2017, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd Frontrunners for Lead in Marvel’s ANT-MAN

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After years of development, filmmaker Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Ant-Man for Marvel is finally coming to fruition, and now it appears that Wright and the studio have narrowed down their choices for the titular lead role.  Wright has been working on Ant-Man with Marvel for quite some time, and he co-wrote the script alongside Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) a few years ago.  The director chose to write and direct this year’s excellent The World’s End before diving into the Marvel world, but now filming on Ant-Man is poised to get underway next year in anticipation of a July 2015 release date.

So who may be donning the antennae for Wright?  Apparently Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd have emerged as frontrunners for the lead role.  Hit the jump for more.

Edgar Wright Teases Beginning of Pre-Production on ANT-MAN with Set Image

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Though next month will see the release of only the second Phase Two film from Marvel, Thor: The Dark World, the studio is getting ready to begin production on its first Phase Three film next year, the long-awaited Ant-Man.  Filmmaker Edgar Wright recently took a very much deserved (and relatively short) month-long break after the release and promotion of this summer’s excellent The World’s End, and the director has now returned to L.A. to begin pre-production on Ant-Man.  To mark the occasion, Wright recently tweeted an Ant-Man set image.

Given that filming hasn’t begun and the lead character hasn’t even been cast yet, it’s safe to assume that this picture is from the Ant-Man test reel that Wright shot a couple of years ago, but it’s still a fun tease of what’s to come.  Hit the jump to check out the image.  Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 31, 2015.

Marvel’s ANT-MAN Moves from November 6, 2015 to July 31, 2015

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If you were to pick a comic book character that would have to go head-to-head with Superman and Batman, would you choose Ant-Man?  That’s the decision Marvel landed on as it has moved the Edgar Wright picture from a November 6, 2015 release to a summer release of July 31, 2015.  This puts the pint-sized hero smack into the warpath of Batman vs. Superman, opening July 17, 2015.  A bold move from Marvel, wouldn’t you say?  Perhaps this means we’re also a couple of months closer to some casting news?

This makes four summer films for Disney in 2015 (Ant-Man, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pixar’s Inside Out and Pirates of the Caribbean 5), which makes it even more likely that Star Wars: Episode VII will be moving toward a Christmas 2015 release.  It’s also worth noting that the previous release date would have had Ant-Man opening up against James Bond 24, which is not too box-office friendly either.  The move doesn’t change how epic 2015 is going to be, but it does add a bit more tension to the summer box office race. (Via Deadline)

TOP 5: First Trailer for ROBOCOP Remake, Cinemath: Woody Allen, Could 2015 Be the Biggest Movie Year Ever?, GRAVITY Trailer and Reaction, TIFF 2013

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Continuing the trend I started last week, today I’m bringing another Netflix instant stream recommendation your way in the form of director Eric Walter‘s documentary My Amityville Horror. The pic made its U.S. premiere at last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin and earns its recommendation by presenting the oft-told Amityville Horror story from a unique perspective: that of Daniel Lutz. Mr. Lutz lived in the house as a 10 year old boy when the haunting events of this story unfolded. In My Amityville Horror, he recounts his experiences on record for the first time and the result is a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, look at the impact of living the story first-hand.

Moving from one form of recommendation to another, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer for director José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake, a new installment of Cinemath that analyzes our perception of Woody Allen‘s career with IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, an overview of the massive movie year that 2015 is shaping up to be, a terrifying new trailer for Gravity as well as a strong endorsement of the film by James Cameron, and our kickoff coverage of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.

Could 2015 Be the Biggest Movie Year Ever?

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With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season.  We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015.  Why skip over an entire year, you ask?  Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties.  Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.

As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now.  Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.

Edgar Wright Talks THE WORLD’S END, Deleted Scenes, IMAX, 3D, Dwayne Johnson, ANT-MAN, His Sci-Fi Movie COLLIDER, and So Much More

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With Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End opening this weekend here in the States, I got a chance to sit down with him recently for an extended video interview.  Since he’s been traveling the world promoting the film with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, I tried to ask new questions and a lot of them came from you guys via Twitter, so a big thank you to everyone that sent me a question.

During the very wide-ranging interview, he talked about making The World’s End, future movies with Pegg and Frost, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray, deleted scenes from all of his movies, IMAX, 3D, his favorite TV shows, the way he edits, if he will ever work with Dwayne Johnson (they’ve been tweeting at each other a lot), his role as producer, if he is interested in developing a TV show (he has something but it’s in the early stages), and so much more.  In addition, he talked a bit about Ant-Man and his sci-fi film Collider which is being written by Mark Protosevich.  Hit the jump to watch.

Edgar Wright Explains Why He’s Leaving Ultron out of ANT-MAN

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There was a bit of unnecessary confusion at Comic-Con when it was announced that The Avengers sequel would be The Avengers: Age of Ultron even though in the comics, Ultron was created by Hank Pym, a character who wouldn’t be appearing until the following Marvel movie, Ant-Man.  Some folks wondered how they would handle this comic lore even though Marvel Studios had already established on numerous occasions that they’re not taking the comics as holy writ.  If you’re still expecting to see Ultron enter Pym’s story, Ant-Man director Edgar Wright says you should kill that expectation right now.  Ant-Man will be about Pym, not his robotic creation.

Hit the jump for more.  Ant-Man is due out November 6, 2015.

Simon Pegg Tweets Picture of Himself Pointing to Ant-Man in Marvel Office; Internet Assumes Simon Pegg Is Starring in ANT-MAN

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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.”

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