Marvel caused a ruckus on the Internet in a high-profile casting get in the form of Michael Douglas playing Dr. Hank Pym in Ant-Man.
Douglas, who just won a Golden Globe for his turn as Liberace in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, is hoping to add some stellar name-power to Marvel’s growing cinematic universe.
Following in the footsteps of Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy), Edgar Wright has landed the charismatic actor who will play original Avengers member Dr. Hank Pym. In the comics, he is a world-renowned scientist who invents a shrinking serum and communicator helmet that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and talk with insects.
“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,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in the exclusively-made announcement. “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.”
The actor joins Paul Rudd, who will play the lead and is now confirmed as Scott Lang, the “main” Ant-Man in the film. While Pym was the original, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is skewing the origins to follow in line with its own canon.
Casting for Ant-Man is still going on, but our hope is that Janet Van Dyne makes some waves in the news department soon.
Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man will hit theaters on July 31, 2015.