Though last December brought us the news that Paul Rudd would star as Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s upcoming entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, today we learned that Michael Douglas would also star in the film…as Ant-Man.
So how’s that work? Well, there are multiple Ant-Men in the Marvel books, and Hank Pym was the first, and the man who built the Ant-Man tech suit. Douglas will star as Pym, which leads credence to the rumors that Rudd would star as Scott Lang, the thief who steals Pym’s technology and becomes the new Ant-Man.
Marvel honcho Kevin Feige had this to say:
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. 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.
Ant-Man is set for a July 31, 2015 release date.
What do you think of the Ant-Man news?