Evangeline Lilly In ‘Early Talks’ To Join Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

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Ant Man Rumor Casting Evangeline Lilly Evangeline Lilly In Early Talks To Join Marvels Ant Man

After Marvel turned to a swath of up-and-coming stars to help get their Avengers universe off the ground, they are bringing out the big guns for Ant-Man, the film set to kick off ‘Phase Three’ of the studio’s cinematic universe. With Michael Douglas signed to play the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, and Paul Rudd starring as his successor Scott Lang, director Edgar Wright already has a one-two punch packing more star power than any of his prior projects.

But what would a Wright film (or a Marvel one, for that matter) be without a romance? With that in mind, the latest reports claim that Marvel is already making moves to cast Lost alum Evangeline Lilly as the female lead – a role long rumored and anticipated to grow into far more than a love interest, but a big screen incarnation of the female superhero known as ‘Wasp.’

The report comes courtesy of Variety, claiming that Marvel is in “early talks” with Lilly – most recently seen on screen in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – to star opposite Rudd. Again, a superhero film featuring two good-looking leads in a budding romance is to be expected, but as is usually the case with Marvel’s adaptations, the character she’ll be playing could have serious ramifications on the film universe, beginning with The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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In the Marvel comics, Ant-Man is regularly mentioned in the same breath as Wasp, a.k.a. Janet van Dyne, his partner in both crime-fighting and marriage. It was no secret that the original plan for The Avengers was to have Wasp as part of the team, so when rumors of an Ant-Man project began to gain momentum, casting rumors included potential candidates for both miniature masked heroes.

One regular mention was Rudd’s past co-star Rashida Jones, but it seems that Marvel is eying an actress who is currently enjoying a bit more blockbuster attention. However, it’s being claimed that the role in question will be that of Hank Pym’s daughter, further indicating just how much Edgar Wright will be re-writing comic book canon.

Since Janet van Dyne/Wasp was Pym’s love interest in the comics, fans are faced with two questions: will Evangeline Lilly’s role as Pym’s daughter give her the gift of shrinking – or growing – genetically, or will her superpowers be written away entirely? We’re inclined to think the former, but so far it’s anyone’s guess.

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It isn’t hard to see how the female lead being the daughter of Hank Pym (Douglas) would create comedy in line with Edgar Wright’s strengths, adding the humor of a protective father who was no romantic slouch in his younger days (as a 1960s super spy). Douglas has described the script as “really fun,” and the chance to play not only an aging superhero but a suspicious father (with good reason, since it seems Scott Lang will be stealing the Ant-Man suit from Pym) seems like a role Douglas could excel at.

It will be interesting to see how fans react to this news, as much as an indication of how much blockbuster cred Evangeline Lilly has earned since her time on ABC’s Lost. She has been seen in supporting roles in Real Steel, and the aforementioned Desolation of Smaug, but a Marvel film would take her to a whole new level.

What do you think of the potential casting and changes to canon? Are you fine with changes being made to the Pym/Lang/van Dyne relationship, as long as we get a big screen incarnation of Wasp, or do you doubt the direction this will take the characters? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

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Source: Variety

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  1. We don’t know that much from the article, so it’s easy to speculate. Will Lilly be playing Wasp, a new Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, or Janet Pym (daughter of Hank) i.e. a completely new character created for the movie (and for the purpose of giving Lang a girlfriend – huh @_@ -)? The thing is we don’t know yet, so I’ll reserve my judment until we do know more.

    Having said that, I like Evangeline Lilly a lot, so it’s a good addition to the MCU. But this movie is getting further and further away from canon each day, and it’s a bit unnerving to me. If this was to be a standalone movie, and the whole MCU didn’t exist, I would be excited about the movie, well at least more than I am now. But all these disgressions from canon mean : no Giant-Man/Pym coming up, no Pym in the Avengers, no Jan as his wife or ex/wife… and to think they might pair Jan/Wasp with Lang instead of Pym… that’s just so wrong to me.

    The MCU had been keeping pretty much close to canon with all the other original Avengers, at the core of things at least, not changing that much. I wonder why, suddenly, it’s alright to litterally strip founding Avengers from all the mythos surrounding them, and rearranging them to fit around Scott Lang, a character that is really NOT relevant to the Marvel Universe, and not that interesting in himself.

    • Is it weird that you said you wont pass judgement until you’ve seen the movie and then you judged the movie before its out?

      You said, “…all these disgressions from canon mean : no Giant-Man/Pym coming up, no Pym in the Avengers, no Jan as his wife or ex/wife… and to think they might pair Jan/Wasp with Lang instead of Pym… that’s just so wrong to me.”

      How do you know we wont see Giant-Man/Pym?
      How do you know Pym wont appear in a cameo in Avengers?
      How do you know they wont have Jan as wife or ex wife?
      How do you know Jan and Lang will be paired instead of Pym?

      • I was merely speculating at this point, based on the information we’ve been given.

        A 70-year-old Giant-Man fighting alongside the Avengers seems highly unlikely
        A cameo from Pym in Avengers could happen, but would be disappointing, as everybody else seems to be included in the team, except for him.
        Jan could still be wife/ex-wife to Pym, although the information we’ve been given so far tends to point to the contrary
        A pairing between Jan and Lang seemed also to be heavily implied from various sources.

        As I said, I was only speculating. This is not passing a judgment on the quality of the movie itself. I am aware that for average moviegoers, all my concerns are irrelevant, and even if all this happens, it doesn’t mean the movie won’t be good.

        I should have said that, if the movie tends to go the route they imply it will, then I would be heavily disappointed.

  2. i could see her as wasp. i hope that the role she is in talks for.

  3. It does not matter who Evangeline is cast to play, this movie has silly man Paul Rudd talking to Ants it an Action packed Heist film, AKA worldwide blockbuster hit! Him riding/flying around on the backs of Ants in 3D will be a huge hit Globally, this movie is a slam dunk, this movie will break a cppl billion in receipts with or without Wasp (who will probably be 60s Hank Pym’s partner).

  4. Since Rudd is ant man does this mean Jamie Bell is no longer involved or could he still be in talks for something like Eirc O’grady or something, my question is is it possible that Bell could sign on to play the main supervillain of the movie which if he is to play O’grady Black Ant?

  5. I wonder with all the changes they are making to the original cannon if they’ll makeup their own villain or alter a old character to create a villain here’s an example… If they make Yellow Jacket into a villain for ant man to fight I always thought he would have been a great villain for ant man in some ways I guess he is since yellow jacket did damage the life of hank Pym in so many tragic ways but what do you guys think what if yellow jacket was the bad guy in the movie what would that be like

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