Marvel lets the cat out of the bag before the holidays that Paul Rudd will indeed play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright's upcoming film.

UPDATE: Paul Rudd Confirmed To Play 'Ant-Man' In Marvel Pic

After months of speculation, Paul Rudd has landed the lead in Marvel's Ant-Man and is now in negotiations to play Hank Pym, multiple sources have begun to announce on the web.

UPDATE: Although the release from Marvel shies away from naming the specific incarnation of the character or divulge any plot info, the House of M definitely confirms the casting of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. His addition to Marvel represents the feeling the company had long ago when they first noted that Rudd was their first choice to play Dr. Hank Pym. With the film's plot being kept under wraps, this is a great early holiday gift for fans of not only Paul Rudd's work, but of the character he will portray.

"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 said," Marvel's Kevin Feige said in the press release. "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."

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The Anchorman 2 star has beat Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the coveted lead in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the comic tale of Ant-Man.

Although representatives for Marvel and Mr. Rudd have not offered any commentary on the subject, Wright is slated as the directing the movie from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish. Speculation for Rudd's role has heightened during his Anchorman 2 promotion and his recent stint hosting Saturday Night Live, where Rudd has appeared noticeably slimmer because he's training for the physical role of Ant-Man.

Dr. Hank Pym, which Rudd will play, invents a substance that allows him to change his size and communicate with insects. In the comics, he also invents Ultron, who will be the main baddie in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron sequel. The actor will next appear in David Wain's Sundance-bound comedy They Came Together.

Disney will release the film on July 31, 2015, which will be produced by Marvel's own Kevin Feige.

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