In a world where comic book superheroes rule all, and regular stars become mega over night, one man could change the course of movie history – or, at least, something similar in a fun, trailer voiceover way. As is so often the case with big comic book films, the imminent casting of Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man has long been a source of speculation in many circles. Plenty of names have been floated in recent months – from Nathan Fillion to Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Paul Rudd – and now one of them might actually be panning out.
The Wrap reports that Rudd is now in negotiations for the role, though neither Marvel nor Rudd have commented on the news. (Should this news prove true, however, they’ll likely issue an announcement soon.)
The outlet also notes that “with Joseph Gordon-Levitt turning his attention to Sandman, the Anchorman 2 star has landed the coveted lead,” giving major credence to the early rumors that the duo were sparring for the role. Gordon-Levitt is, of course, Hollywood’s favorite name when it comes to big time superhero roles, but Rudd is a fun and offbeat fit for the role that’s, well, fun and offbeat. While Gordon-Levitt has comedic chops to spare (his Don Jon is consistently amusing, and his dedication to his shtick is admirable), Rudd’s sensibilities and charm seem much more appropriate for the role of Hank Pym/Ant-Man. Also, doesn’t Rudd just flat-out deserve a big role like this?
The Wrap also shares that, “in recent interviews to promote Anchorman 2 as well as his recent stint hosting Saturday Night Live, Rudd has appeared noticeably slimmer, and sources tell TheWrap that’s because he’s training for the physical role of Ant-Man.” While we didn’t notice the physical change – Rudd always looks sprightly to us! – it’s something worth noting, and look for in more Rudd appearances.
Wright is directing the film from a script he wrote alongside Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish.
Ant-Man will hit theaters on July 31, 2015.
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