Marvel has confirmed that Paul Rudd will indeed star in their Ant-Man film.
“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. 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.” – MARVEL STUDIOS PRESIDENT KEVIN FEIGE
Ant-Man is being directed by Edgar Wright (The World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), who is also co-writing with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).
Paul Rudd is an interesting choice. Marvel’s had very few missteps when it comes to casting so I’m sure they know what they’re doing here.
It’s still pretty much unknown what exactly the plot of the film will be, other than that it will be a “heist movie”. This means it could either follow Scott Lang, who stole the Ant-Man suit and used it to rescue a doctor being held hostage who could save his ailing daughter, or it could follow Eric O’Grady, a bottom-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who steals Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit and uses it for self-serving purposes. It seems unlikely that he’d be playing original Ant-Man, Hank Pym but it’s possible. The “heist movie” statement is a clue that they’re approaching this much more abstract than we could imagine.
The Eric O’Grady concept seems fairly possible considering how significant S.H.I.E.L.D. has been in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. But then again, maybe we’ve been thinking about this all wrong… maybe, just maybe, they’re casting two of the characters that wore the Ant-Man suit…
Think about it, Hank Pym creates the Ant-Man suit, one of these guys steals the suit, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Pym jump into hot pursuit. It seems like a feasible “heist movie” plot…