Back in October, we reported to you that comic actor Paul Rudd was in the running to portray Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s upcoming live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe interpretation of the character. Then, just this past Wednesday, we reported to you that Rudd was indeed in negotiations to play the role. Now, we can indeed confirm that Paul Rudd has taken the role, as Marvel has finally confirmed the news.
Don’t get your hopes up for a huge window into the film, however. Though the press release from Marvel confirms Rudd’s casting, it leaves just about every other piece of information about the film in the dark:
Here’s the release, from Marvel:
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!
The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.
“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”
Rudd brings a diverse background to the role having become one of the industry’s most known actors with a reputation for smart, funny and creative performances. Rudd can currently be seen in “Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues,” as well as past roles in “Anchorman,” “This Is 40,” “I Love You, Man,” “Role Models,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” among numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.
In addition to “Ant-Man,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
Directed by Edgar Wright, who co-scripted with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Ant-Man is set for a July 31, 2015 release date.
What do you think of the Ant-Man news?