You know that point when you’re sitting around just hoping for news and then something amazing drops online? Well that’s what happened for me just recently when I scanned through my Facebook news feed and saw something new on superherohype and you can see from the following news story:
“Fresh from last night’s Golden Globe win for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man in the role of Hank Pym! Douglas will star opposite Paul Rudd (now confirmed to be playing Scott Lang) in the Edgar Wright film, set for release on July 31, 2015.
“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”
Set to begin production shortly in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).
“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… Henry Pym and Scott Lang,” Wright told SuperHeroHype some years ago in an interview that he confirmed this morning via Twitter is still accurate. “So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of ‘Tales to Astonish’ mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.”“
Well damn, did not even see this coming. So out of nowhere. I mean we’ve only just recently gotten the recent confirmation of Paul Rudd in the title role and while there was rumours floating around about there being two versions of Ant-Man (Hank Pym and Scott Lang), it was all speculation and most assumed that Pym would be the main character and main focus. However now we know not only that Douglas is Pym, but Rudd is Lang. Then add to that the story information that Edgar Wright provides; that he wishes to not only include both versions of the hero, but also have the early version of Ant-Man doing his thing in the 60’s then bring it into modern-day with the new incarnation. That is some really unexpected but intriguing stuff nonetheless. Totally out of left field, but at the same time this is the kind of changes and interesting new directions I appreciate from Marvel Studios. They adapt their character but find new ways to reinvent them and you can’t hate on them for wanting to be a little innovative.
To summarize I’m down with this, its some unexpected and cool stuff. Douglas is a capable actor and while I’m not overly familiar with his filmography I know that if he’s on-board with this film then it must be something good.
What do you think of this news? Holla down in the comments below! 😀