Michael Douglas to Play Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’

By January 13, 2014
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Michael Douglas

When it was officially announced that Paul Rudd would play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s long-gestating take on the Marvel superhero, the studio didn’t announce one little detail: which iteration of the character Rudd would actually be playing. When Wright posted a photo on his website recently, it seemed to indicate that Rudd would play Scott Lang, a reformed thief who steals Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit in order to save his sick daughter. Now Marvel has confirmed that’s the case, and – oh yeah – Michael Freaking Douglas will play Hank Pym.

“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”

Douglas is coming off a win at last night’s Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie. I don’t know much about Ant-Man, Hank Pym, or Scott Lang, but my first impression is that Douglas strikes me as a bit old to play this role. Maybe I’m thinking that way because I had a source tell me almost a year ago that he was hearing fan favorite Nathan Fillion was being considered to play Pym, but I never got confirmation on it so I never published the story. Looks like it’s a moot point now, though – either Fillion was never involved in the first place, or the studio ended up going with Douglas instead. The two-time Academy Award-winner is clearly still a vital performer at age 69, and it should be noted that Douglas is actually a couple of years YOUNGER than Harrison Ford, who’s been all over the place lately in Anchorman 2, Paranoia, 42, Ender’s Game, the upcoming Expendables 3, and, of course, Star Wars: Episode VII. So “old” is a relative term here.

In any case, I like how Marvel is adding veteran actors like Tommy Lee Jones (Captain America), Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and now Douglas to their roster. If nothing else, these actors add some gravitas to the proceedings – Marvel films have been far more lighthearted than their recent DC counterparts, but sometimes it’s good to have someone to gravely explain the stakes to the main heroes. It’ll be interesting to see how much of Pym’s backstory we see in Ant-Man (considering the character has some wife-beating in his past), but if his previous films are any indication, we’re guessing Wright will keep a swift pace and relatively light tone for this one regardless.

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  • Colt Howard

    Love this choice! Michael Douglas can play anything, Proven by his role as Liberace, among other roles.

  • Liat1938

    I Can’t Wait This Is Gonna Be Soooo Cool

  • RuthJSmith

    I love it when first class acting talent takes a role of comic book characters I lpve!