Hayley Atwell Now Confirmed to Appear as Agent Carter in 'Ant-Man'

November 3, 2014

Hayley Atwell

The official cast of Ant-Man, the first film in Phase Three of Marvel's cinematic universe, has already been revealed. However, it appears that at least one name was left out of the official announcement when production started back in August. Previously, there was a rumor going around that Hayley Atwell would appear as Agent Carter in a prologue scene set in the past with Michael Douglas as a younger Hank Pym having a meeting at S.H.I.E.L.D. As we've learned, Carter was a founding member of the organization along with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Now that rumor has been confirmed, but raises a couple questions.

Project Casting (via ComingSoon) posted this job for Ant-Man's shoot in Atlanta:

Casting directors are looking for an actor to work as a stand-in for the actor Haley Atwell. Haley Attwell is 31, 5’7 and 112 pounds. She is best known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Cassandra’s Dream, The Duchess, The Pillars of the Earth, and Captain America: The First Avenger. In addition, casting directors are looking for a body double that meets certain requirements.

The original rumor said that the scene in Ant-Man also included Armin Zola (Toby Jones) and a young Alexander Pierce, the character played by Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One would assume that Jones would reprise his role since he did as much, at least with his voice, in the Captain America sequel, but it's not clear who would play the young Pierce. Still, the scene in question will likely give us more backstory as to how Hydra ended up taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. in secret, perhaps with inadvertent help from Hank Pym. Or maybe the scientist didn't want to help them. We're not sure.

In addition, we're not sure who will end up playing Howard Stark in the film. Dominic Cooper played him in Captain America: The First Avenger and will reprise the role in the forthcoming ABC series "Agent Carter." However, in Iron Man 2, the elder Stark was played by John Slattery, who was actually listed as being part of the cast when production began in August. Anyway, we'll be interested to see how this prologue fills in more of the large time gap between what happened in the first Captain America film and the rest of the contemporary Marvel universe. Ant-Man arrives on July 17th, 2015.

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


I'm most excited about a young Pierce. Very cool.

OfficialJab on Nov 3, 2014


Anything that sheds light on how an organization w/ such promise & light went so far off the rails & infiltrated by the evil they'd been set up to fight is welcome.

VAharleywitch on Nov 3, 2014


Atwell is 5' 7"??? This is the biggest news to me here! I thought she was a tiny bodacious babe. I know 5' 7" ain't exactly huge, but it's a lot bigger than I thought.

DAVIDPD on Nov 3, 2014



Rock n Rollllll on Nov 3, 2014


very confused as to why characters like these seem to be in the spot light. this one maybe not as much as say Black Widow is in the Marvel U, and Mystique is for Fox, Coulson in shield's all forced a bit too much for what should be supporting characters.

ColtNoir on Nov 3, 2014


For Mystique, the focus is driven by the fact that she is played by Jennifer Lawrence...who became a mega-star in between First Class and Days of Future Past. For Black Widow, she was the only female superhero in the MCU for a while, and she is played by a rather big-name actress in Scarlett Johansson. I still wouldn't say they overly focus on her though. Coulson and Peggy are driven more by their 'breakout status', they were characters who had good roles and really blew up in popularity, and so Marvel Studios capitalized on it by giving them their own TV shows. Characters like this are perfect to feature across multiple films, as characters that sort of tie-in and bind the world together.

Chris Groves on Nov 4, 2014

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