Hot on the heels of Michael Douglas winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, Marvel has announced the casting of Douglas to portray Hank Pym in Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man.
When Paul Rudd was cast as Ant-Man, many fans wondered which Ant-Man he would play. Was it the original Ant-Man Hank Pym? Scott Lang? Or the latest incarnation Eric O’Grady? Well, along with the announcement of Micheal Douglas’ casting as Hank Pym, we have the bonus confirmation that Rudd will be Scott Lang.
Marvel tweeted and posted this announcement on their website:
Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest–or should that be tiniest?–shoes of his career.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” hitting theaters 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.”
The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in “Wall Street,” has also starred in numerous modern classics including “Basic Instinct,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Game,” “Wonder Boys,” “Traffic” and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including “Romancing the Stone,” John Carpenter’s “Starman” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film “Behind the Candelabra.”
Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.
That is some big news and should help long time Ant-Man fans lock down what the story line the movie might follow. Although Douglas is a fantastic actor and will make a great older Hank Pym, I do kind of lament that fact that we won’t get to see that younger Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, the pair of plucky heroes that helped found the Avengers in the comics.
Paul Rudd is an interesting choice for the reluctant thief turned hero Scott Lang. One can easily see some great scenes between Rudd and Douglas as the two come to terms over the theft of Pym’s equipment and the subsequent transformation of Lang into the hero Ant-Man.
Douglas will pass the Ant-Man torch to Rudd, and although I hate to admit it, that will probably be the last we see of Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Douglas isn’t going to be doing any physically taxing stunts. At best we’ll see him again only in the creation of his lovely wife’s powers as the Wasp.
What do you think of this casting? Douglas joins another big name actor, Robert Redford, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Who might be the next big name that Marvel calls into play?
Via: Marvel Twitter