The next adventure for Ant-Man is moving forward with Ant-Man & The Wasp adding Black Mirror‘s Hannah John-Kamen. For what was previously thought to be a risky endeavor for Marvel Studios, giving Scott Lang his own film led by Paul Rudd turned out to be a fresh take in the superhero genre. The family driven film also brought Evangeline Lilly into the fold as Hope Van Dyne, but did not let her suit up as she desired. That will change with the sequel as she receives co-lead status and her name in the title.
Along with the two stars returning, Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Michael Pena (Luis), T.I. (Dave), and David Dastmalchian (Kurt) will all be back as well. However, they had yet to find fellow supporting characters and villains to flesh out the cast. These decisions had to be made soon with filming set to begin this month, and they’ve finally made their first casting decision.
Variety is reporting that Hannah John-Kamen has joined the cast of Ant-Man & The Wasp in an unknown, but key role. John-Kamen is best known for Black Mirror, but also had roles in Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, but she will also be featured in Tomb Raider and Ready Player One next year. Now, she will have a third major film come out in 2018.
Since the plot for Ant-Man & The Wasp has remained a secret up until this point, there is no real way to figure out who John-Kamen could be playing. The biggest female role that is known to be included is that of Janet Van Dyne – the original Wasp – but John-Kamen is likely too young to play that role. However, with Wasp being stuck in the Quantum Realm for all these years, it is possible she has not aged and thus could actually be Janet.
There is also the possibility that John-Kamen could be the villain of the film. Regardless of whether she is a villain, a love interest, a supporting character, or even Janet, bringing John-Kamen on board not only adds more talent to the cast but also shows that pre-production is in its final stages. With her casting finished, Marvel Studios and director Peyton Reed can now begin finalizing their choices for the other new roles that will be included. It should not be too much longer before these decisions are made, but the roles of John-Kamen and other new cast members may not be revealed until Marvel officially confirms it.