Patrick Wilson Confirms ‘Ant-Man’ Casting; Calls it an ‘Important’ Role

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Just last week news broke that Patrick Wilson was in talks for a role in Ant-Man, but the report came with zero information on who he might play. It was mentioned that Marvel was on the lookout for “another charismatic leading man” and that suggests a hero like the title character Ant-Man, but we’ve already got two of those.

Paul Rudd is set to play Scott Lang and Michael Douglas is stepping in to play the older Ant-Man, Hank Pym, but there is still speculation that there might be a third iteration of Ant-Man in mix. It’s been mentioned that the film could include a flashback sequence featuring a young version of Pym and that just happens to be a role that could suit Patrick Wilson quite well.

While talking to Wilson in Austin, Texas about his SXSW entry, Space Station 76, we made an attempt at straightening all of this out, but Wilson had a little too much fun steering clear of divulging concrete information and turned the conversation into a rapid fire Q&A:

Have you tried on a costume?
Wilson: No.

Good or Evil?
Wilson: Can’t tell you.

You’re in the movie though, right?
Wilson: Yeah.

Big role or small role?
Wilson: Important.

Have you read the script?
Wilson: Yes.

You don’t get terser than that, but Wilson’s responses do offer a little more insight into his current casting status and the possibilities for the role. He is confirming his involvement here, so clearly he must be beyond the negotiations stage at this point and have a role locked.

And then there’s also his choice to use the word “important.” Marvel movies do tend to come with a wealth of familiar faces, but, on occasion, they are reduced to just a few scenes and aren’t all that pivotal to the narrative. Whether Wilson is due for a significant amount of screen time in Ant-Man­ or not, the fact that the character will be “important” is really what matters.

Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring Patrick Wilson Confirms ‘Ant Man’ Casting; Calls it an ‘Important’ Role

You can catch Wilson talking about Ant-Man­ as well as The Conjuring sequel in the video clip below, and also keep an eye out for our full interview with him, Matt Bomer and writer-director Jack Plotnick on Space Station 76 coming soon.


Ant-Man is scheduled for a July 17, 2015 release.

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  1. I’m hoping his is a villain role.

    • + a very informative interview LOL!

  2. Whhhhhhaaaaaaa?

  3. Hah, I love that he was having fun with it

  4. My vote is for young Hank Pym. I just googled a young Michael Douglas and Patrick is a pretty close and believable resemblance. And Wilson would be a great choice to play adult Pym if they had chosen to have him as the protagonist in Ant Man rather then a supporting role.

  5. Who are they kidding, we all know he’s playing Khan!

    • Aw man, I thought for sure he was playing Talia Al-Ghul…

      • You guys kidding me? This is MARVEL.

        He’s playing Groot.

  6. I had this huge feeling that he’s gonna be the villain. Perhaps, the third Ant-Man, Eric O’Grady? But that’s probably because after I saw him in The A-Team, I can only picture him as a sleazy bad guy :(

  7. Wow, way to NOT address the film he was there to promote that he is amazing in. Get real. You’ll learn about Ant Man later. SXSW isn’t about huge blockbusters. And not talking to Matt and Jack was RUDE.

    • You get rudeness from a near 2 minute video? I’ll bet there’s another 30 minutes or more where the movie being promoted is actually talked about.

      Also, I can guarantee that despite being film buffs, most here would rather hear any Ant-Man news or confirmation. If they wanted to hear about this movie, they’d go to a site that would be more likely to cover the SXSW festival extensively. Get real. You’ll learn more about the movie there.

  8. aint nobody got time for that. he playing young pym

  9. It seriously wont be long til every actor in Hollywood has a role in a marvel movie.

    • +1

  10. Definitely young Hank Pym id put my house on it!

  11. The new Nite Owl as the old Ant Man. I wonder if he learned to shrink himself and communicate with ants as a remedy for erectile dysfunction.

    • Smilin’ Bob for Giant-Man! Pass the Enzyte, please! (sings: “Do-Do-Do-Dodo-Do-Do-Do-Dooo!” with a big Cheshire Cat-style grin on his face!)

      Wasp: “Oh Hank, you’re so bbbbiiiigggg!”

      • Genius!

  12. Any chance he is playing a young Hank Pym? I think it would be a very good fit for him. Im still extremely disappointed to hear that Michael Douglas is going to play Hank Pym, cause they really should just copy The Earths Mightiest Heroes Episode “To Catch An Ant-Man). Which they still may with a old man Hank Pym but we will see.

    Wilson takes so many roles that are flashbacks I wouldn’t be surprised if he is Pym.

    • I strangely pity the guy every time I see him for no reason whatsoever other than thinking of him getting his junk mutilated by kitty pryde.

      But I can only think of one flashback role, Prometheus.. name others??