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Paul Rudd Lands Small Role In Ant Man

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:53 am
by Staff

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A very small role. Tiny even. Nevertheless, he will be staring in Edgar Wright's Ant Man as the titular character and at this point the only question is 'which one'? Wright had this to say when interviewed by Superherohype, a couple years back and it made me want to see his take even more:

"The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both... Henry Pym and Scott Lang, 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."


If this is still the vision they're moving forward with after all this time, I would have guessed Rudd would play Lang, with a... more seasoned actor playing Hank Pym in the modern timeframe, but The Wrap is reporting that Rudd will portray Pym. This is all yet to be confirmed by Marvel, or anyone involved, but that should be cleared up soon. If Rudd is to play Pym, then perhaps the rumour about Joseph Gordon-Levitt being considered is true as well. Rudd as Pym and Gordon-Levitt as Lang... yeah, I'd watch that. No word on other casting yet, but being the first film of Phase III and still almost two years away with a release date of July 31st, 2015 after the Avengers: Age Of Ultron in May, there's still plenty of time to get their ducks in a row.


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Re: Paul Rudd Lands Small Role In Ant Man

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:23 am
by dWhisper
Yeah, I'm not liking this casting as much as some of the other ones out there. I think Rudd can be a fine actor in roles that suit him (typically comedy, usually with someone actually funny around him), but I'm having trouble imagining him as Pym or Ant Man.

Plus, I can't see him smacking the Wasp, and that's sort of the central flaw in the character...

Re: Paul Rudd Lands Small Role In Ant Man

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:12 am
by RfAurora
Jeff Bridges should play the Scott Lang Ant Man...

Re: Paul Rudd Lands Small Role In Ant Man

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:26 am
by buriedbybricks
Jeff Bridges from 20 years ago, or Jeff Bridges from 30 years ago?

Re: Paul Rudd Lands Small Role In Ant Man

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:41 pm
by dWhisper
CGI of 30 years ago Jeff Bridges played by the CGI of Jeff Bridges 20 years ago!

Re: Paul Rudd Lands Small Role In Ant Man

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:10 pm
by Solo
Wait are they making a new Tron sequel or what

Re: Paul Rudd Lands Small Role In Ant Man

PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:07 am
by CaptainFordo
dWhisper wrote:Yeah, I'm not liking this casting as much as some of the other ones out there. I think Rudd can be a fine actor in roles that suit him (typically comedy, usually with someone actually funny around him), but I'm having trouble imagining him as Pym or Ant Man.

Plus, I can't see him smacking the Wasp, and that's sort of the central flaw in the character...


Well he only did that the once, so I wouldn't really call it a central flaw, unless you're talking about the Ultimates version who was an out and out domestic abuser. Reed Richards has hit Sue in the comics and no one counts that as a defining aspect of his character.

Re: Paul Rudd Lands Small Role In Ant Man

PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:03 pm
by dWhisper
Well, Reed was a jerk.
For Henry... even in the 616 version, there was a definite change with him after that, and it caused him to doubt himself, his friends and allies to doubt him. It got him kicked out of the Avengers, a divorce, left him destitute. There certainly was more to that character, but that one action undercut everything and it kept showing up to make him more... human.