Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie is really starting to take shape as Marvel announced Monday that Michael Douglass will be staring as Hank Pym in the upcoming film. This news comes just shortly after Paul Rudd was cast in the lead role, which many had speculated would be Hank Pym but will instead be starring as Scott Lang, the second person to use the name Ant-Man in the Marvel universe.
“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,” said Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios.
It has been said that Wrights Ant-Man movie will be a heist film and this news does seem to support that. Rudd’s character Scott Lang was a reformed thief and electronics expert which would clearly give him the knowledge and skills to pull of a heist. This news, however, could be confusing to fans who historically know Ant-Man’s identity to be that of Hank Pym. Douglas will be turning 70 this year, so it is likely that he will be portraying an older version of the character either from another timeline or as an older mentor to Lang.
Regardless, after months of speculation things are starting to firm up. Michael Douglas may be one of the most decorated thespians in the Marvel cinematic universe now, having won an Academy Award for the role of Gordon Gecko in the film Wall Street as well as starring the film Traffic, which was nominate for best picture in 2001.
Ant-Man is due out in theaters July 31, 2015.