Michael Douglas has been signed to play scientist Hank Pym, or the original Ant-Man, in the Marvel flick Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright, due to hit theaters July 31, 2015. Paul Rudd, 44, will play Scott Lang, Pym’s successor. They will team up in the movie after the two turn from being foes to friends.
Scott Lang, in order to save his daughter’s life, carries out a heist wearing Hank Pym’s Ant-Man costume, which he has stolen for the purpose. Lang is the current Ant-Man in Marvel comics, and he’s the leader of the Future Foundation in the FF comics.
Michael Douglas, 69, who most recently played the famous pianist Liberace in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, told Reuters that he’s always wanted “to do a Marvel picture.” He also stated that he thought the script was “really fun,” and added that his son, Dylan, who is 13, “will love it.”
January 1962 marked Hank Pym’s first appearance in a comic book, in Marvel’s Tales to Astonish. Current president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, confirmed that Douglas would play Hank Pym and he gave the actor his blessing to play Ant-Man.
Feige said that everyone at Marvel “couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”
Ant-Man will be the first time that the star of Wall Street will appear in a big-budget comic book-based franchise film. It might not be the last time, if the movie is a box office hit.
Walt Disney Co. is counting on Ant-Man continuing the success that the company’s had with other Marvel superhero movies they’ve helped bring to the big screen, like Iron Man 3 and Avengers, earning over $1 billion worldwide.
Though Scott Lang becomes Hank Pym’s successor, Michael Douglas has hinted that he might appear in sequels — or, maybe a prequel or two.
Even back in 2006, when director Edgar Wright was first approached and asked to direct Ant-Man, he thought it’d be a good idea to have two different versions of Ant-Man in the movie, to give movie audiences a glimpse at the Ant-Man of the 1960s and the Ant-Man of today. Now, with Michael Douglas signing on to play Hank Pym, one of the original Avenger team members, it looks as if Wright’s vision of the movie is drawing closer to becoming a cinematic reality.
Hank Pym was the creator of the robot, Ultron, besides being Ant-Man. He didn’t intend for Ultron to become one of the arch-enemies of the Avengers, but that is exactly what happened. It’s my guess that Michael Douglas will reprise his role as Hank Pym in the upcoming Avengers movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
When Paul Rudd was signed to play Ant-Man on December 19, 2013, fans wondered which Ant-Man he would be — Hank Pym or Scott Lang. Now, with the addition of Michael Douglas to the cast as Hank Pym, the fans have their answer — Rudd will be Scott Lang.
This past Sunday, Michael Douglas won a Golden Globe award to add to his Emmy for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra. Douglas has also starred in the movies Wall Street, its sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Solitary Man, and Haywire. Soon, he will add playing Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, to his list of credits.
Written by: Douglas Cobb
Ant-Man Official ComicCon Trailer (Directed by: Edgar Wright)