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

Published 9 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. Great!

  2. Well at least it’s not Simon Pegg.

    • +1 !

      • -1

        • Don’t get me wrong, I love Simon Pegg. But he doesn’t fit the role, not in the slightest bit.

          • Just wait till he is cast as Scott Lang……

          • No I dont care about it, I just hate the +1 thing.

            • +1

            • +1

              • +1

                • Did someone say my name?

                  • Haha… good one!

                    • Even better one
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                  • Bahahahaha! Well played!

  3. A goofy guy for a goofy franchise.

    • Well, RDJ had done pretty goofy things before being cast as Ironman. Chris Evans did very goofy (if not plain stupid) things before Captain America.

      • That comment was more of a shot at the Marvel movie universe as opposed to Paul Rudd.

  4. Boy what a misleading title.

    • Well, at least it is not Aunt-Man…that would mean it’s the working title for The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and…wait a minute..did I discover a secret Easter Egg?!

    • I enjoy Edgar Wright’s films like Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs The World. I really like his cinematic style and comedy as a director. Looking forward to Ant Man.

  5. Oddly enough I can kinda sorta see it. I just hope its not a full on comedy but its Paul Rudd. And its Marvel. Yeah its a comedy.

    • Sad but true, apparently Marvel thinks a man beating his wife is hilarious.

      • Well…I doubt Disney would ever take “that” angle on Ant Man…

      • I don’t think Marvel will go with the “Ultimates” version of the character.

      • I would be disgusted if thate guys at Marvel went down that road. That is an aspect they do not need to introduce into the movies. Pym as Giant-Man, Goliath, and even I suppose Yellowjacket had so many other facets to him. He was a brilliant inventor, a founding member and integral part of The Avengers for a long time, and is necessary in my opinion to the franchise. I am glad they are going with Pym, as opposed to other characters who later assumed the persona, and I hope we will see Goliath and Wasp in The Avengers ASAP. I also hope they keep the humor out of this as much as possible. The team is The Avengers, an important super hero team, not the “snark store”.

        • “thate” should be “the”. Sorry.

        • Why not? Is it not an issue? Does in not happen in all walks of life? While I would not like to see it played out as much as the books a hand across the face (sorry dont know how to write it) and the shocking revelation that he is not perfect would add a dramatic aspect to the film/series.

          I dont think it will happen but to be disgusted if it did is (IMO) a little overboard. Of course it all depends on how it is handled.

          You want them to keep the humor out however you dont want them to deal with real life issues that should effect “supers”?

  6. my first thought is that it’s weird, but in a good way

    • I just hope the weird goofy picture of Ant-Man at the top of this article with the cartoon ants does not reflect the mood of this film. That makes me nervous.

      • That pic was from a comics that never came through, and I think it was actually supposed to be about O’Grady… It has nothing to do with the original Ant-Man, or the MCU, don’t worry :-) I think it was picked by the author of the article to further show his skepticism towards the Ant-Man character and/or movie being a success… he could have taken a better pic, IMO.

  7. Rudd can do serious and funny.

    So long as he has short hair and isn’t rocking the Brian Fantana, I think he’ll fit on screen with very well with the likes of the other Avengers.

  8. I hope this is true. I like his personality. He just needs to stop being in terrible Judd Apatow movies.

  9. i have a feeling this is going to become a sleeper suprise…like Iron Man

  10. I think Kofi should work on better titles for his articles lol.

    At any rate, I don’t have a problem with him. As someone above me mention, it’s better than Simon Pegg.

    • Would you prefer Spoiler Alert!! Marvel’s Ant-Man is Paul Rudd ?

      • i think he meant maybe the article should have been called “Paul Rudd LIKELEY to be cast…” , when, technically, it sounds as if it’s not a done deal according to the article, but the title, ” Paul Rudd Cast as Hank Pym in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Movie” sounds confirmed.

      • No, we’d prefer straight up news confirming Paul Rudd as Ant-Man as opposed to more speculation and an “almost guarantee” when the article is titled “Paul Rudd is Ant-Man”

        Makes you think it’s for sure, and maybe it is, but there has been no official confirmation.

        I love Paul Rudd, this movie will rule if he’s Ant-Man.

  11. Edgar Wright, Paul Rudd, and the Marvel creatives together? This will be one of the funniest Marvel movies to date. Hopefully Wright grounds all this humor with a thrilling heist story like he’s been talking up for ages.

  12. I think it can work out. Being a huge Pym fan, I’m not disappointed by the casting choice. He sure fits the part, IMO. I’d rather have a blond actor, but hair can be dyed after all, if ever they really want to stay true to the comics. I’m not overwhelmed with joy, but I’m glad that we finally have news about the casting.

    I would just like to point out that it got my teeth grinding to read the SR article… outside the fanboy (and girl) community, people don’t care about GotG any more than they care about Ant-Man. Hell, I’m a fangirl, and I don’t care about GotG at all ;-)

    • I agree, Mary Jay. I am definitely behind seeing Hank Pym with an eye towards a future appearance of Goliath, (or Giant-Man), and Wasp. I think Guardians has the potential to be a big farce, but we will see. I was not in any great wave of desire to even see GOTG made (the tree and raccoon being the chief reasons). Don’t get me wrong, I hope it does good if it will not cheapen the integrity of Thanos versus The Avengers, and of course I will watch it, but I do have my doubts; hope they are disproven. I go back to reading the old Avengers mags from when they first came out, and read them in the 60s and 70s. I have always liked Pym as well, and can definitely see a place for him in The Avengers films.

  13. “To me, religion is like Paul Rudd. I see the appeal, I would never take it away from anyone, but I would also never stand in line for it.” – Jeff Winger

  14. So if this ends up being a hit, how long till WB/DC announces an Atom movie?

    • On that note when Ant-Man comes out and if it succeeds, WB has no damn excuse for lack of a Flash movie, Aquaman, Hawkman, Wonder Woman, anybody! Marvel is making Ant-Man, time to step up WB.

    • I have been sqwaucking for The Atom to hit the big screen for a long time! Ray Palmer/The Atom was one of the early Justice Leaguers, and should be considered before anyone considers people like Cyborg or any Flash or Green Lantern outside of the mandatory and much-beloved Hal Jordan Green Lantern and Barry Allen Flash.

  15. Wow! I am a Big Fan of Paul Rudd. I am Curious about what he can bring as AntMan! :)

    • Agreed!

  16. You have comedic director and a comedic actor I think it’s safe to say this is a comedy, but it will have some dramatic elements I guess?

    • Well most of Edgar Wright’s movies have some intense moments despite being comedies so it could work. And really almost all of these Marvel movies are comedies anyway.

      • True, that is Marvel’s bread and butter.

      • Just because a movie has comedic moments, doesn’t make it a comedy to me. They blend it in with good balance for the most part, excluding im3. Everything is not meant to be so dark and serious for every character.

        • I think the humor was pretty good and balanced in IM3

    • A.) It had better be mostly drama.
      B.) It had better not be an out-right comedy.
      or C.) I am gonna be torched off, and I don’t mean morphing into Johnny Storm.

  17. This movie is going to be hilarious

    • Yes,yes it will.So people should already know what to exspect when this comes out so there’s no reason to go see it then bi*ch about it afterwards.

  18. Ant-Man is a great character. Giant-Man is awesome. Interesting choice, and I think we should rather think of it as Rudd being cast as Henry Pym one of the most psychologically complex Avengers.

    • Right, ABC. Complex is OK (just leave out the spousal abuse elements that someone decided to put in the comics at one point).

  19. Ant-Man, cleaning up crime one inch at a time. Thats the tagline right there.

  20. I’m not as open to this. I like Rudd as a commedic actor, but this walks a like back toward campy superhero movies. Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern and Clooney as Batman. these were not portrayals that took the medium seriously.

    • Clooney Batman is just terrible but Ryan Reynolds was actually a pretty decent pick for Hal Jordan, the problem was everything else being so horribly sh*tty. But I see what you mean, but really to be fair most of the Marvel movies already are sort of campy and lighthearted. Thor much?

      • Ryan Reynolds isnt a good pick for any character, how many more movies of his have to fail before hes banned from “acting”.

        • How ironic that you say this in a reply to Deadpool.

    • Green Lantern was OK, but when they messed with canon and thought they were funny writing it and the humor came off as dorky, there was a big part of their problem. I personally liked Lantern (except for the humor, bad script, and needless bedroom scene, even if it was done in fun). GL has the potential to be one of the biggest money-makers and most popular things for DC (yes, despite the unfair mega-bum rap it got). What needs to be rebooted is the line of thought they used to approach the firt movie. I say do #2, but make it more serious. Green Lantern versus Sinestro, or even Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Flash (Barry Allen) versus Sinestro and Professor Zoom. I could not think of a better more equally-matched slobber-knocker that people would pay to see, and neither could most of you!!

      • “first”=”first”. Oops.

      • Green Lantern was not okay. I say this having seen Green Lantern First Flight, so good compared that crap.
        Heres what they did wrong
        -showing his childhood, pointless, overly dramatic, not well executed
        -using parallax, a thanos like god character and introducing him without any gravitas and just plain misusing him
        -Anything that happened on earth ever in that film, so f*cking horrible, they get the gl planet, aliens, space right and you f*ck up the earth human story, why did they even go back to earth, to tell crap story thats why
        -hiring Ryan Reynolds, the franchise killer, everything he touches dies, hes not a good actor already.
        -that d*mn mask

    • You obviously haven’t seen Rudd in enough films. He has great dramatic acting chops. Don’t assume people are one-trick ponies unless you’ve seen everything they’ve been in.

  21. I am hoping that this is a joke…

  22. I’m really looking forward to this now… I think Paul Rudd could do an amazing job…
    But, i’m just not on board with Marvel giving ultron away to be created by iron man..
    I mean, if you take away Ultron from Ant Man….and I think we can assume that Disney wouldn’t go for the abusive relationship with his wife storyline…. then this leaves ant-man as a little pointless… I mean, I see Ultron as such a big part of Ant-Man storylines…such an analogue for disturbed father-son relationships, psychologically challenging…. But now, who’s going to be the villain..?
    Paul Rudd though….this gives me some hope..

  23. soooooo damn happy.

  24. Great! Now keep him as the only Ant- Man :D

    • Yes indeed, we are agreed! In the end, there can be only one….! (Hmmm, am I feeling fantastically-Scottish, all of a sudden?)

  25. I’m so excited. I can’t contain myself.

  26. Yep that works for me. Still my most anticipted marvel film and it has been since wright was given the job

  27. I’m looking forward to this a lot. I’m very excited that it’s going to be Hank Pym as Ant-Man. It’s about time that one more member of the foundational Avengers roster in the comics joins the big screen team.

  28. I think Rudd will make a believable drag queen.

    • Oh wait, its Ant-Man
      not Aunt-Man.

      • Bu-dump-dump-tsss……..

        • FACEPALM

    • Now now, this is a super-hero flick, not a fantasy, oh hopeful one.

  29. Is this a joke? I cannot see him as the scientist supreme… If it is true, then I will not be able to take this movie seriously.

    Ben Affleck is a better choice for Batman than Paul Rudd is for Antman.

    • @Big Baby Jesus – It’s been a while since I read The Mighty Avengers series where Pym becomes Scientist Supreme, but I’m pretty sure that title was a joke the Loki (who was then a woman) was playing on him. He worked himself up thinking he was the S Supreme but that doesn’t even exist.

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