With Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man starting to film next month in Atlanta, Marvel has started to put together an incredible cast. As most of you already know, Paul Rudd andMichael Douglas are set to lead the picture, with Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Michael Peña, and Clifton Collins Jr. all circling the film. As a huge fan of everything Wright has done, I truly cannot wait to see his take on Ant-Man; especially with this cast.
Earlier today, I got to speak to Michael Peña about Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (Peña plays Chavez). Towards the end of the interview, I asked about the status of him being cast in Ant-Man. He said he’s been talking to Wright about the role and “hopefully things work out.” Hit the jump to watch and look for the full interview soon.
Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man has been lining up talented actors left-and-right with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas set to lead the picture, and Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, and Clifton Collins Jr. all circling the film. Now another excellent actor is in the mix as The Wrap reports that Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) is in talks for an unknown role. Because Wright is already going in a different direction with the story by putting Scott Lang (Rudd) center stage and moving the more-familiar Hank Pym (Douglas) to a supporting role, it’s difficult to know how many of the other characters will be plucked from the comics and how many are from scratch. Either way, I hope Wilson signs on since he’s a great addition to every film he’s in. He’ll next be seen in Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch and he’s also attached to star in the indie The Man on Carrion Road.
Ant-Man will open on July 17, 2015. Bill Pope (The Matrix) will handle the cinematography, and Steven Price (Gravity) is composing the score. Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) co-wrote the script.
In the past several days, Edgar Wright has announced some key behind-the-camera players for his adaptation of Marvel’s Ant-Man. On his official blog, Edgar Wright Here, Wright showed off a picture of Bill Pope. Pope previously worked with Wright on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The World’s End. This won’t be Pope’s first go-round with a Marvel superhero. He previously shot Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.
Also, shortly following Steven Price‘s BAFTA win this afternoon, Wright announced on Twitter that the Gravity composer would be providing the score. Price is another past collaborator with Wright as the two worked together on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. So yes, the movie is stocking up on more talent. It’s set to star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and possibly Evangeline Lilly. Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015.
The cast is filling up quickly for Marvel’s upcoming take on Ant-Man. Director Edgar Wright has already cast Paul Rudd as the film’s lead Scott Lang with Michael Douglas taking on the role of Ant-Man creator Hank Pym, and we recently learned that Michael Pena is also in talks to join the pic. Now Variety reports that Lost actress Evangeline Lilly is in early talks to play the female lead in the comic book adaptation, and pre-production rolls along ahead of an April production start-date. Hit the jump for more, including the non-canon role that Lilly might be playing.
With the recent news that Marvel Studio’s upcoming movie, Ant-Man, would be moving up its release date to July 17th, 2015, as well as the announcements regarding Michael Douglas’ casting as Hank Pym (the first Ant-Man) and Paul Rudd’s casting as Scott Lang (the second Ant-Man), Marvel’s tiniest hero is looking to make waves in a big way. On that note, Collider thought this was a great chance to fill you in on who both these Ant-Men were, what they’ve done, and how this may be shown in the upcoming tentpole. Hit the jump for a breakdown of the smallest Avenger.
Marvel has taken advantage of Warner Bros. pushing its Man of Steel follow-up from July 2015 to May 6, 2016. Marvel announced today that Ant-Man will now open two weeks earlier than planned, taking Batman vs. Superman’s old date of July 17, 2015 where it will square off against WB’s untitled Peter Pan film directed by Joe Wright. The Ant-Man news has been picking up in recent weeks, as Paul Rudd was first confirmed to be leading writer/director Edgar Wright’s film, then we learned that Michael Douglas will play the original Ant-Man Hank Pym. Most recently, Michael Pena (End of Watch) and Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim) have been eyed for roles in the Marvel pic. This is the second release date shift for Ant-Man, which was initially slated for November 2015 before moving to July 31st.
Though Marvel is certainly taking advantage of the DC property’s move, it comes with a caveat. Batman vs. Superman’s new release date of May 6, 2016 is currently set directly opposite an untitled Marvel film, and Warner Bros. likely won’t be budging. Expect that untitled second film of Marvel’s Phase Three (Doctor Strange, perhaps?) to move into another 2016 slot.
Every so often a film comes along that plays pitch perfect to your sensibilities and hits you with such pinpoint accuracy that it reaffirms your love of the medium. That’s what Spike Jonze‘s Her did for me last weekend. It’s the type of movie I wish I had the talent to make and, at the same time, one that I’m thankful anyone had the talent and passion to make. It’s a film that says so much about our desire to connect, to love and to feel loved, that evaluating it piece by piece (acting, editing, sound, cinematography, mise-en-scène, etc.) almost cheapens its value as a whole. Above all, though, it refuses to be just one thing and therein lies its greatest achievement. It’s comedy soaked in melancholy, drama with hints of playfulness, quirk wrapped in genuine romance, and heartbreaking sincerity set within the most plastic of relationships. Her is an instant classic.
In case my subtlety has left you uncertain about my feelings on Her, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll try to be more on the nose about how damn great it is. In the meantime, this week’s Top 5 features the newly announced 2014 Oscar nominations, Marvel casting news/rumors regarding Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit interviews with Chris Pine and more, the trailer for the seemingly interesting doc DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”, and all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date. Click on to find a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Check out the latest Marvel casting news below:
- Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim) is reportedly being eyed for an unspecified role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which opens July 31, 2015.
- Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) is set to join Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron in a villainous role, and is reportedly signed for multiple pictures. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Hit the jump for more on both films.
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.
Yesterday, we learned that Michael Douglas would star as Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd in Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man. Even if you’re completely unfamiliar with the character, that trio of talent should have you instantly hooked into this picture. We knew Rudd had been in the mix for months, but the casting of Doulgas took the Internet by surprise, and now the Oscar-winning actor has commented on why he decided to take the big role of a tiny superhero. Speaking to Reuters, Douglas said,
“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”
Hit the jump for more. Ant-Man opens July 31, 2015.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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]