Paul Rudd Cast as Scott Lang in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Movie [RE-UPDATED]

Published 8 months ago by , Updated January 13th, 2014 at 1:18 pm,

Ant Man Marvel Comics Lineup Paul Rudd Cast as Scott Lang in Marvels Ant Man Movie [RE UPDATED]

[RE-UPDATE: Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang while Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym!]

[UPDATE: Marvel has confirmed that Paul Rudd will play Ant-Man. Scroll for details.]

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Marvel Studios has proven it’s a force to be reckoned with, changing the game with its shared universe model, making a multi-million brand out of superhero movies, and breakout stars out of more than a few actors. But riskier waters lie ahead for the studio, with comic book properties that virtually no one outside of the fanboy community knows about (Guardians of the Galaxy) or cares about (Ant-Man).

But will the skepticism about Ant-Man  change – now that we know that charm-king actor Paul Rudd is playing him?

The Wrap dropped the exclusive announcement of Rudd “being in talks” with Marvel Studios, but with months of speculation that Rudd was in competition for the role against Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who’s since moved on to Sandman) – as well as the noted (and observable) evidence of Rudd already looking more fit for the role, it’s a pretty safe bet that the actor WILL be signing on the dotted line to play Hank Pym.

RE-UPDATE: Though The Wrap initially confirmed Rudd as Pym, it turns out Rudd is in fact the character Scott Lang, with Michael Douglas now confirmed as Hank Pym. TWIST ENDING!

Paul Rudd Admission Official Still Paul Rudd Cast as Scott Lang in Marvels Ant Man Movie [RE UPDATED]

Paul Rudd in ‘Admission’

Ant-Man has been in development for some time under the eye of The World’s End director Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the script with Attack the Block filmmaker Joe Cornish; Wright will also be directing the flick.

The skepticism about Ant-Man as a viable film property should be obvious; it’s about a superhero scientist who invents size-altering particles and technology that allows him to communicate with insects. That’s pretty silly even by comic book standards.

Ant Man Movie Costume Shrunk Paul Rudd Cast as Scott Lang in Marvels Ant Man Movie [RE UPDATED]

However, fans should be happy to learn that Hank Pym – one of the founding Avengers in the comic books – will indeed be the version of Ant-Man we’re getting. How Pym will be implemented into the Marvel movie universe remains to be seen – it could be a vastly different playing field by the time Ant-Man kicks off Phase 3 following the events of The Avengers: Age of Ultron in summer 2015 – and how much of his mythos is implemented also remains to be seen.

Will we also get Wasp? Will elements of other Ant-Man mantle holders like Scott Lang (a father) and/or Eric O’Grady (a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent) be melded with this version of Pym? It’s definitely possible (maybe even prudent) to have the best elements of all three Ant-Men combined into one quality movie character.

UPDATE: It’s official – Marvel has confirmed that Paul Rudd has been cast as Ant-Man. Here’s what Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had to say about the casting decision:

“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star. We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”

Read the full update here.

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Ant-Man will be in theaters on July 31, 2015.

Source: The Wrap & Marvel

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  1. While we’re at it let’s vote Kevin Hart for Black Panthor.

    • ha

  2. So… it wasn´t official the first time you posted it… editor in chief?

    • There are two levels of confirmation at Screenrant, as I noticed many months ago: first there is the confirmation (which is nothing but a rumor) and then comes the official confirmation. That’s how it works around here, didn’t you know? :D

      • No I didnt!
        All I now is that since Im a “Screenranter” (August this year), when its just a rumor, they post it as a rumor. if the rumor happens to be true, then they confirm it.

        But in this note, the first publication said it was OFFICIAL.

    • NOTHING is ever official in Hollywood unless the news came directly from director/producer/film company. So if the article didn’t state any, then always treat it with a grain of salt…

  3. Now that it’s official, can’t wait to see him in costumer or in action… or even his comment about the character.

    So far Marvel has never let me down with their casting decision. Everyone doubted Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, and many others when they were cast, look how those tide comments has changed now. Sure, there are still many people who are not competely pleased, but one thing for sure less people are still disappointed. Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Johnson, James Spader and now Paul Rudd, these names are definitely splendid choices that doesn’t create too much buzz, not because it’s uninspiring but because it’s warm accepted by many!

    So let’s give it a benefit of doubt and give them a chance to show their talents before you start shunning them with bad words and all. Who knows, you might end up loving them in the end..

    PS: Now I’m really hoping Rashida Jones would get the part for Jan. I just re-watched I Love You Man, and I’m totally rooting for this pairing!

    • I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I still have reservations about Mark Ruffalo’s smarmy, almost cocky Bruce Banner and still feel Ed Norton gave the better performance.

      • I totally agree, while The Avengers` Hulk was badass, Norton`s portrayal of Banner was spot on. Even the Ang Lee Hulk movie had a better portrayal of Bruce

        • I too thought Norton as Banner was awesome and spot on.

  4. …cool?…idk…I mean I’m so glad its pym and not scott lang..no disrepect but I reaaly wanted pym. But paul rudd is most well know for his comedic roles. I don’t know how the story will play out but as ant man is not as well known as captain america spiderman the xmen or hulk it is a big risk. I’m not 100% sold on the solo francise of antman. The movie is also debuting within weeks of the batman vs superman movie. I still stand by my earlier thought that moving this movie up for a summer 2015 release was an unnesicary risk. One of the main reasons marvel has prevailled has to do with the release of the film. Iron man 3 and thor 2 are examples of excelent planned releases at the time there was little compition for them. Idk if this will be as big as we all think because I asked my non comic book friend which they rather see batman vs superman or antman…they didn’t know there was an antman. Unless they hype the s**t out of this movie…it could fall short of marvels current standings.

    • Just.

      Add.

      Hulk.

      ;)

      • Sounds like a slogan for a commercial product there.

    • And best believe they’ll hype the s*** out the movie indeed. Why on earth wouldn’t they? And besides, Marvel is all about marketing their heroes’ effects-oriented powers to draw in the crowd with spectacle pre-release. And now they have this one guy who can do acrobatic flips and stuff like a spy (heist movie) and come up with a whole array of things to do at different sizes…fun times ahead.

      And as far as Rudd being a comedic actor…first of all, you should know that even if people are good at playing comedic characters, they’re still people. Nobody truly bounces around with that much energy all the time, smiling cracking jokes and being happy-go-lucky. And if they do, then oftentimes it’s a cover for something darker or sadder underneath. Again we’re all human, and so all he has to do is start back to base at his own self, and easily turn darker or more serious from there. He IS a Hollywood-brand actor after all; they [almost] all have some sort of versatility.

      Second of all, let’s defer to Michael Keaton.

  5. I’m so excited for this movie. So much potential.

  6. All the Update does is confirm that Rudd is playing ANT-MAN, nothing said about his alter ego being Hank Pym.

    As I said previously, Wright was pretty adamant about using Lan. That coupled with the removal of Pym as the creator of Ultron makes me extremely skeptical that he is Ant-man = Hank Pym.

    • LanG (or Scott Lame as I like to refer to him)

    • Wasn’t that just based on an old idea that Wright had to have Scott Lang being the modern day Ant-Man? It hasn’t been confirmed yet which version the movie is using so till we see a trailer or any confirmation from anyone involved it could still be Hank Pym.

  7. I have been worrying about AntMan… I have been worrying a lot I swear this past whole year…
    And now to see Paul Rudd being cast as Ant-Man…
    I have never had a more instant positive reaction to a casting. Paul Rudd is AntMan… I cannot believe that it never occurred to me before! I was only worrying that they should not cast Simon Pegg(not that I don’t like him, I do) Paul Rudd will bring everything that needs to be brought to the Ant Man flag. He is hilarious and sharp when he needs to be, and strangely intense and conflicted to a tee when needed. In my opinion he is one of the most underrated actors and I think this is just the right vehicle for him.
    GO MARVEL! GO PAUL RUDD! GO ANT-MAN!

    And for those who think Ant-man is ridiculous, I hear you, I was one of you, that is until I had the pleasure of watching The Avengers -Earth’s mightiest Heroes (animated series), Now Hank Pym is one of my favorite Avengers.

    • You never had a “…more positive reaction to a casting” before? Seriously? This seems like a good casting decision, but one of the very best has, and shall always remain, Downey Jr as Iron Man.

      • I was not following movie news when Iron Man was cast, too busy with studies in those days and only saw Robert Downey Jr. once the trailers and all came out, plus, I had no ideas regarding the character of IronMan/Tony Stark prior to the IronMan movies, so I can’t really be judge of that in good conscience. Yes RDJ is ridiculously perfect as Iron Man, but this here is a character that I am aware of prior to films, have read some and saw some, and usually I tend to Cast my own actors in mind, which sometimes turn out different when those roles are cast in real life, hence gaining a hesitant reaction from me at first and in that context, I thought that this was a great casting choice at the very first pause….
        Wheww… I don’t know why I gave such a long explanation. I could go out and say RDJ is rubbish (God Forbid) as Iron Man and Paul Rudd will be AWESOME as ANTMAN and you would have to accept it since this is the internet and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, please hold off on the condescending tone next time.

  8. Wright called it a heist movie. Scott Lang is a reformed thief. Paul Rudd=Scott Lang

    • I will be very sad indeed if they basically take the Scott Lang character and paste Pym’s name on him. Would be a very hollow victory for us Pym fans if we don’t get the inventor/scientist and instead get thief turned SHIELD agent.

  9. I cannot imagine general public getting excited about this movie.. Ant man? Seriously?

  10. Oh thank God. I was worried sick they were gonna go with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love JGL. I think he’s a phenomenal actor and I’ve loved him in everything I’ve seen him in, but I don’t think he’d be a good fit at all for Hank Pym. At least, not the Hank Pym comic fans know and love. When I first heard Paul Rudd was also being considered, I instantly knew he would be perfect for it.
    While I love the character of Ant-Man and everything Marvel writers have done with him over the years, I had doubts about about how he would hold up in his own solo film. With Rudd now playing him, I no longer have those doubts. For the first time, I am now genuinely excited for this film.

  11. I Love You Ant-Man

  12. I can’t wait for this movie ant-man was my very first comic book I bet Rudd will be excellent :)

  13. It would be awsome if he could grow into a giant, such as in the Ultimate series.

  14. I think that the relationship and banter between Hank and Jan was the most endearing thing about the Ant-Man/Giant Man Marvel comic books (Tales To Astonish) . Now, it seems that they’re going to throw all of this away with all of the focus going to this Scott Lang character. I don’t even think he should be in the movie .Lang wasn’t the charter member of the Avengers. He also wasn’t featured in over 30 issues of Ant-Man/Giant-Man comics. He’s just a guy who stole his suit and powers and used them to committ crimes !!! How utterly STUPID !!!

    Can you imagine if DC had some guy steal Batman’s suit and gadgets from the Bat-Cave in a movie ….and based ALL FUTURE BATMAN FILMS about the IMPOSTOR… instead of Bruce Wayne ?? Stupid, huh. That’s just as stupid as Scott Lang being the main character in this movie . Especially when you consider that Hank and Jan , age wise, were contemporaries of the other original Avengers….NOT OLDER.

    Those of us who followed the original adventures of Hank and Jan in the 60′s… and have been eagerly awaiting this film are getting the short end of the stick !! WE DON’T WANT SCOTT LANG !!!! GIVE US HANK AND JAN !!!

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