Marvel Confirms Paul Rudd to Play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright's Movie
It's official - Paul Rudd is Ant-Man. Marvel has confirmed, via Marvel.com, that Rudd will play Ant-Man in the Edgar Wright-directed movie, due out in 2015. We first reported this news earlier in the day, putting to rest any rumors of Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Simon Pegg for the role. Now we have confirmation including a quote from Kevin Feige (below). There's no mention of the version of Ant-Man Rudd will play, but the news does say his casting "represents the actor that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio's desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes." Indeed. Great choice, I'm intrigued to see how this Wright and Rudd superhero team up turns out.
"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 star," said Marvel's Kevin Feige. "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."
Disney has Marvel Studio's Ant-Man, being directed by Edgar Wright, currently scheduled for release on July 21st, 2015. Stay tuned for more updates from this point as casting continues before shooting begins.