Michael Peña Talks ANT-MAN Casting; Says He’s Been Talking to Edgar Wright and ‘Hopefully Things Work out’

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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 LillyPatrick 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.

Evangeline Lilly in Early Talks for Female Lead in Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

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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.

TOP 5: 2014 Oscar Nods, ANT-MAN and DOCTOR STRANGE, JACK RYAN, DOOMED! THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN’S “THE FANTASTIC FOUR”, Sundance 2014

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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 colliderjason@gmail.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.

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 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.

Edgar Wright’s Top 20 Movies of 2013 Include GRAVITY, HER, and SPRING BREAKERS

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Over the past week or so, we here at Collider have been inundating you with year-end lists.  In addition to personal Top 10s from me, Matt, and Dave, we’ve also run down 2013’s best trailers, posters, movie moments, new TV series, returning TV series, and much more.  Now filmmaker Edgar Wright has chimed in with his own personal “Top 20” of 2013.  The director is plenty busy at the moment prepping to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, no less), but he graciously took some time to run down a varied list of films that includes Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim, and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full batch.

For Your Consideration: This Year’s Oscar-Worthy, Overlooked Films, Performances, and Screenplays

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As part of Collider’s new column, Oscar Beat, I’ve been covering the in’s and the out’s of this year’s awards race for the past few months.  While there are plenty of excellent films contending for a number of different awards, there are also a number of films that, for one reason or another, don’t fit the “Oscar mold” but deserve recognition all the same.  The Academy is loathe to recognize any kind of comedic work despite the fact that the “Best Actor” or “Best Picture” categories lack disclaimers that would disqualify genres other than drama, and smaller pictures have a hard time drumming up support against the studio-backed fare.

After the jump, I run down a number of films, performances, and screenplays from 2013 that are deserving of awards attention despite failing to drum up serious support.

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]

Watch THE WORLD’S END Blu-ray VFX Featurette

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If you haven’t picked up Edgar Wright’s The World’s End on Blu-ray just yet, we have one of the disc’s special features to share with you today.  It’s a visual effects featurette that takes a look at the preparation of some of the more spectacular action sequences, but is a bit spoilery if you haven’t seen the film yet.  If you’re on the fence about picking up the Blu-ray, read up on Adam’s review here.  And if you somehow have made it this far without seeing the film itself, Matt’s review may just persuade you to check it out.

Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike, The World’s End is now available on Blu-ray.  Hit the jump to watch the VFX featurette.

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.

THE WORLD’S END Blu-ray Review

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The Cornetto Trilogy (aka “Three Flavours Trilogy”) is a cinematic delight in every sense of the word, and its status as such was solidified with the third and final entry in the loosely connected trio of films, The World’s End.  Much more than simply riffs on the horror, action, and sci-fi genres respectively, writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost have crafted three masterworks of structure that are as entertaining as they are emotionally satisfying.  Following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End may be the toughest and most mature work of the three, capping off the trilogy with a pair of career best performances by Pegg and Frost and wonderfully innovative visual storytelling courtesy of Wright.  Read my full review of The World’s End on Blu-ray after the jump.

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.

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