Ant-Man will mark the starting point for Phase 3 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, releasing roughly two-and-a-half months after The Avengers: Age of Ultron on what was originally to be the opening weekend for Batman vs. Superman. Since having its release date bumped up from November to July, many of the details surrounding Ant-Man have begun falling into place.

Writer/director Edgar Wright was first attached to the project in 2006, but was only able to confirm the screenplay’s completion about six months ago. In the time since, both of the film’s stars have been cast – Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym/the original Ant-Man. And while the inclusion of the Scott Lang character was a big hint, we now know Ant-Man will focus on Lang’s theft of the Ant-Man suit and his transformation into a hero under Pym’s guidance.

As the dust settles and production prepares to begin, Paul Rudd took the time to talk with Flicks and the City about snagging the lead in Ant-Man. Here’s what Rudd had to say:

“Well, it’s all just kind of starting, so it’s really cool. I’m very excited about it. I read some comics and [saw] some [Marvel] movies and I knew Edgar Wright for many years. The whole thing that it’s actually happened, that I got the part is still kind of surreal. It’s still sinking in over these last several months.”

When asked about his Academy Award winning co-star, Michael Douglas, Rudd had only praise: “It’s a thrill, he’s amazing!” However, the actor was more coy when pressed about the possibility of Rashida Jones joining the cast.

“I follow what comes out online and even then I don’t quite follow. I let those powers at be announce what they want to announce when they announce it. A lot of that stuff you hear is not true.”

Now, Rudd gave the above statement with a grin, so perhaps he knows more than he’s letting on. Either that or he just enjoys feeding our addiction to wild rumors and speculation.

Jones has been linked with Ant-Man as a potential female lead for a while. Originally, it was assumed that this would be for the role of Janet van Dyne/The Wasp, but with Rudd playing Lang and the much, much older Douglas playing Pym, that may not be the case.

Depending on how closely Wright and co-screenwriter Joe Cornish have kept to the original story – where Lang’s theft of the Ant-Man suit was for the purpose of freeing the only doctor capable of curing his daughter’s illness – Jones could be in consideration for the role of Dr. Erica Sondheim, a minor (though key) character in Lang’s origin who could easily be turned into a love interest.

Do you believe Rudd’s non-denial denial on the matter of Rashida Jones joining Ant-Man makes the rumor more likely? Whether Jones is cast or not, do you think the female lead will be an original creation or a character pulled from Marvel’s comics? Let us know in the comments below.

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

Source: Flicks and the City (via CBM)