Update: Disney/Marvel has released the first image of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. Original article follows.
The day is finally here: Marvel’s Ant-Man has begun principal photography in San Francisco before travelling across the country to film the majority of the movie in Atlanta.
The film has experienced a difficult road to production that’s spanned nearly ten years of development with original director Edgar Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish, and it’s seen their fall-out with the studio over a rewrite of their script, replacement director Peyton Reed taking over, new writers coming on board, and the loss and gain of cast members along the way. Movie geeks will know this stuff forever, but the general public won’t have any idea about any of it, so it’s on Reed to make sure that the final film doesn’t reek of a troubled production.
The studio showed off some footage from the movie at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (read that recap here), but I’ve heard reports that what we saw there was actually Edgar Wright’s footage, not Reed’s. Reed tweeted the following announcement on Twitter, marking the first day that he’s actually filming content for the film:
Alright, gang. Today is the day. LET'S. GET. small. #AntMan
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) August 18, 2014
In addition to all of that, Marvel sent out a press release confirming the news and adding some more of their own: a bunch of new actors have been added to the cast.
The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” The Bourne Legacy), Bobby Cannavale (Danny Collins, Annie, HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (End of Watch, American Hustle), Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness), Judy Greer (13 Going on 30, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight, Prisoners), Wood Harris (Remember the Titans, “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s Iron Man 2) and Gregg Turkington (The Comedy, On Cinema) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (American Gangster, Takers).
Slattery already has some history with Marvel, playing an older version of Howard Stark in Iron Man 2. It makes sense that he’d be on board here, considering the recent rumors about what MCU characters would appear in Ant-Man, but it’s a bit odd that the rumors include an appearance by Peggy Carter and Howard Stark and that we won’t see Dominic Cooper playing the role, since he’s always portrayed Stark when paired with Carter on screen. Will Hayley Atwell be aged up, will there be another actress playing her, or will Carter not even make the final cut? We’ll have to wait and see.
Ant-Man will arrive in theaters on July 17th, 2015, almost exactly eleven months from now.
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