I certainly know that many of us were surprised at the casting announcement of Academy Award-winning actor/producer Michael Douglas as Dr. Henry Pym in Ant-Man. That’s to the credit of Marvel Studios’ success and mass appeal, that actors like Douglas, and Robert Redford, are gleeful joining film projects like Ant-Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As if we need an explanation, Douglas talked in a recent interview why he signed up to play Pym, and whether or not he’s got a future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the comic, Pym is the creator of the Ant-Man shrinking technology and originator of the character’s superhero identity. The plot of the film is rumored to involve Paul Rudd‘s character Scott Lang stealing the Ant-Man suit from Pym and using it for his own ends. For his part, Douglas sounds very excited about getting to play in the Marvel playground.
“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long,” Douglas told Reuters on Monday. It was announced yesterday that legendary actor would be taking up the role of Pym opposite Rudd in the Edgar Wright film. “The script is really fun, the director is really good. [Douglas’ 13-year-old son] Dylan will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”
The 69-year-old actor has enjoyed recent critical acclaim for his portrayal of Liberace in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, including a Golden Globe for Best Actor this past Sunday. Douglas says that the element of surprise is playing a part in some of his recent casting choices. “Sometimes – like (when) they didn’t see you for Liberace – you’ve got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun,” he said.
As for whether or not Douglas will be one and done with Marvel, the actor played coy saying, “[Marvel] reciprocated well, there are sequels. Who knows?”
Of course, the comic book Pym was one of the original founders of The Avengers, and the character was obliquely mentioned in the first Thor movie as being an acquaintance of Erik Selvig, the one who had “had experience” with S.H.I.E.L.D. Obviously, you’re not going to cast Michael Douglas and throw him away on a glorified cameo so I’d put good money on some kind of appearance in a Marvel project other than Ant-Man.
More news as it develops.