Michael Douglas is having a big week: first he wins a Golden Globe last night, then its announced today that he'll star in Marvel's Ant-Man, which is sounding more like Ant-Men.
Yes, Marvel announced today that Douglas will star as Hank Pym in Edgar Wright's 2015 comic book adaptation. So where does that leave Paul Rudd, previously cast in the film? Well, he'll be playing Scott Lang, another person whose alias is Ant-Man.
The Internet had been rife with speculation as to just who Rudd was playing. Last week, Adam DiLeo at IGN wrote: "If the image Wright posted with the caption 'Homework' is intended to be a clue, it would seem the film will focus on the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang." Well, that was right—to an extent. Wright tweeted today: "I spill the beans on Pym & Lang… in 2006." In that tweet he linked to a SuperHeroHype interview he did in 2006. There he said:
Well, the thing is that what we want to do, the idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60's, in sort of "Tales to Astonish" mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang's story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.
So there you have it: both will be on hand. (Pym, it's worth noting, is notorious in the comic lore for hitting his wife, The Wasp.)
Douglas, meanwhile, accepted a trophy last night for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra. Dan D'Addario at Salon wrote that he (and Jared Leto, who won for Dallas Buyers Club) " managed to, purposely or not, insult the very communities they were representing on film."
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