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Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Paul Rudd Are Frontrunners to Play 'Ant-Man'

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October 14, 2013
Source: Variety

Paul Rudd / Ant-Man / Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The release of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World is just around the corner with an October 30th launch on IMAX screens looming, but the comic book studio is getting the pieces of their Phase Three title Ant-Man together. Director Edgar Wright teased that he was getting to work on the film with a behind the scenes picture from shooting the sample reel that played at Comic-Con a couple years ago, and now we have two frontrunners listed to play the lesser known superhero. Variety has word that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are currently the top contenders, but another actor emerging isn't entirely out of the question.

Gordon-Levitt isn't a surprising choice since he was rumored to take on the role of Doctor Strange for Marvel, but Rudd's inclusion comes out of nowhere. Rudd hasn't really been involved in many thrillers or action movies, but if there's one studio that can change that, it's Marvel. With Wright at the helm, we're betting that the comedy side of things is fairly important to go along with the comic book action, and Rudd and Gordon-Levitt can do that just fine. Supposedly the two actors have to meet with Marvel and Wright one more time before a decision is made, but again, there's talk of one more unnamed actor also being in the mix. Disney releases Ant-Man on July 31st, 2015. Do you like either of these guys for Ant-Man?

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Reader Feedback - 26 Comments

1

Ant-Man!?!?! (face palm) ... geezus wept....

nomad82 on Oct 14, 2013

2

Go for Rudd

Quynh Truong on Oct 14, 2013

3

I don't know much about Ant-Man so I don't know if either of these two actors look the part or not. But honestly I like both of these choices for very different reasons. Paul Rudd is fun to watch in every thing he does. He has a quick wit and a common sense style of humor and sarcasm to his acting which I think would be very entertaining and a great addition to the Marvel universe. Not to mention a change of pace from the young brute actors like Hemsworth and Evans who play Thor and Captain America. However JGL is much younger and could probably stay with the franchise a bit longer as well as be more convincing doing the physical aspects of the role. He is a great actor and has been establishing himself as a force in Hollywood with his roles in "Inception and "The Dark Knight Rises" so he definitely has the chops to pull it off. Either way these guys are both good choices for Marvel.

batsupe on Oct 14, 2013

4

Any one but Rudd. I love Levitt in everything, and unlike Rudd can actually act.

Brian Sleider on Oct 14, 2013

5

You never know man...anything can happen...

dawko on Oct 14, 2013

6

I guess, I look at Rudd like I look at Seth Rogan, a funny man who cannot act. Sure they both write funny things for movies but neither of them really act they pretty much just play themselves. They both lack range, casting Paul Rudd will Land this movie in "Green Hornet" territory. Bookmark it and throw it in my face if I'm wrong.

Brian Sleider on Oct 15, 2013

7

I do hate Rogen, I don't think that he can act, Green Hornet was one of the worst movies I've ever seen because of Rogen who was just so annoying. However, he was brilliant in Superbad. As Marvel movie universe is not trying to be as serious(as it could be), Rudd could turn into a surprise. I want to believe that he can pull off something seriously good. Maybe it's just my dream...

dawko on Oct 15, 2013

8

I think Rudd has the chops to branch out but hasn't been pushed hard enough. I don't think Ant Man is necessarily the property for this though.

OfficialJab on Oct 15, 2013

9

Paul Rudd all the way.

Nielsen700 on Oct 14, 2013

10

Can't really picture Paul Rudd but I could be wrong. But JGL all the way!

Ron on Oct 14, 2013

11

JGL FTW

The_New_leconfidant on Oct 14, 2013

12

Well there goes Ant-Man

Jimmy Love on Oct 14, 2013

13

Gordon-Levitt is the obvious choice here. But Rudd would be very an interesting choice.

DAVIDPD on Oct 14, 2013

14

I'm okay with either of these choices.

Chris Groves on Oct 14, 2013

15

I love JGL but he's waaaaaaay too young for Hank Pym, or at least has the appearance and attitude of a much younger man. Also he shouldn't be Dr Strange either. Paul Rudd could go alright. Although I think Aaron Eckhart would make the best Ant-Man/Hank Pym

Timmy Bartel on Oct 14, 2013

16

Keanu Reeves would make a good Doctor Strange in my opinion.

Eric Wilson on Oct 15, 2013

17

totally agree on Keanu Reeves being doctor strange

dudeguy on Oct 15, 2013

18

That is an inspired idea!!

Sumit Dutta on Oct 16, 2013

19

i thought simon pegg was up for it...jk..

vincent on Oct 14, 2013

20

Slappin the bass man!

batsupe on Oct 14, 2013

21

I'd take either and be happy but seriously...Simon Pegg would be too perfect =(

ColtNoir on Oct 15, 2013

22

My votes on Paul Rudd.

Eric Wilson on Oct 15, 2013

23

JGL already had an important role in the batman franchise and will have plenty more superhero opportunities in the future. Personally, i think Paul Rudd is not only hilarious but a brilliant actor and i would like to see him break out of his comfort zone to play a superhero like this one. He has the charisma to pull it off.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 15, 2013

24

Couldn't we get someone other than these two? I wouldn't say that I'm sick of Levitt, but that's the kind of feeling that reading his name here gave me. Let's just say that it's a safe choice.

OfficialJab on Oct 15, 2013

25

As much as i love JGL, he's past the point of 'upcoming actor who deserves this chance'. It would be a safe choice. Luckily, he already shot down the rumour on his part. Rudd? Could suck, could be a big surprise. But i really don't want to find out.

Perry Pijnenburg on Oct 16, 2013

26

I want Paul Rudd to play Antman in the movie and action figure and villain toys for the movie.

Joseph on Oct 16, 2013

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