10 Actors Marvel Should Consider For ‘Ant-Man’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 15th, 2013 at 6:51 am, This is a list post.

Who Should Play Ant-Man?

Ant-Man Casting Barely a day after officially announcing plans to host an Iron Man 3 panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Marvel Studios had what are likely meant to be surprise announcements leak out as if the floodgates had opened. Yesterday came confirmation that Guardians of the Galaxy is the next film on their slate to release in the summer of 2014, and after analyzing rumors that Ant-Man could appear in Iron Man 3, it was also confirmed that director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim) just completed a week of shooting test footage for Ant-Man. So, with an Ant-Man's script by Wright and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) done, test footage shot, and an official announcement imminent (potentially putting to rest years of rumors), let's examine 10 potential stars Marvel could sign (or have signed already) to play Henry Pym, aka Ant-Man.

Adrien Brody

Ant-Man Cast - Adrien Brody Two summers ago - the summer of Iron Man 2 - news surfaced that Adrien Brody's agents were pursuing the Ant-Man lead role for the Oscar winner. At the time he was promoting Predators - a film that proved he can do action - and he told us in an interview that there were some elements of truth to the reports. Brody is always a top-rumored candidate and at this point in time, he has a clear schedule to shoot Ant-Man, with his latest film, 1942, already in post-production.

Alan Tudyk

Ant-Man Cast - Alan Tudyk Alan Tudyk, who made an appearance in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, was rumored for Ant-Man years ago. Edgar Wright denied such claims in 2010, quipping that it's "news to me." Rumors still surface for the fan-favorite actor and Joss Whedon (The Avengers) regular. Whedon would certainly not be opposed to working with Tudyk in The Avengers 2.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Ant-Man Cast Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch, despite having recently earned a pile of smaller supporting roles in major films, hit it big thanks to his starring role in BBC's Sherlock - a role which helped him nab the lead villain gig in Star Trek 2 - a role that will push the man to stardom. Cumberbatch was rumored to be in consideration for a Marvel Studios project back in August 2011. He made an appearance at Marvel HQ last month where he took photos with employees and appeared with Steven Moffat on their podcast. Coincidence? The Brit actor just began shooting Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave and his schedule is currently open to shoot with fellow Englishman, Mr. Wright, next year.

Joel Kinnaman

Lee Pace Ant-Man Casting Marvel Pushing Daisies Before breaking out into North American television and film, Joel Kinnaman was shortlisted for the lead role in Thor for a very good reason. Marvel Studios doesn't always test actors in the role they're actually considering them for (see: Tom Hiddleston) and that's what makes rumors about the Swedish actor up for a Marvel role interesting. After starring in The Killing and earning memorable roles in Safe House and The Darkest Hour, Kinnaman nabbed the coveted lead role as the next RoboCop, set to establish him as a household name. Both RoboCop and Edgar Wright's The World's End begin filming this September, and after that it's conceivable that they could work together for Ant-Man.

Josh Holloway

Josh Holloway Ant-Man Casting Marvel Lost The fan-favorite star of Lost hasn't had as much work as he deserves, but he turned some heads last year with his memorable key scenes in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Rumors had Holloway meeting with Marvel way back in 2010 potentially for the Ant-Man gig, but his reps denied any such happenings. Holloway almost got his comic book movie breakout role as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but turned it down. He's got the look to do a good Hank Pym (and a great Yellowjacket) and can easily win fans over.

Simon Pegg

Ant-Man Cast Simon Pegg The moment Edgar Wright was tasked with penning the screenplay and helming Ant-Man for Marvel, it was almost a given for some fans that his pal Simon Pegg would take the lead role - and as such, he's been rumored ever since. According to Pegg himself, however, he'd rather be an Ant-Man villain. Perhaps Egghead, a frequent foe of Henry Pym would be more suitable?

Lee Pace

Lee Pace Ant-Man Casting Marvel Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, of Pushing Daisies fame, popped up in speculation and rumors last year as someone Marvel was interested in for a future Marvel role. Pace has key roles in multiple high-profile upcoming projects, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Lincoln, and The Hobbit films - two of which will be at Comic-Con 2012, where it's possible the first test footage for Ant-Man could be presented by Marvel. Wouldn't that be smart timing to announce Pace, if he were cast in the role?

Bradley Cooper

Ant-Man Cast Bradley Cooper Bradley Cooper was rumored at the same time as Lee Pace to be someone in chats with Marvel, but he's a very busy and in-demand star. Fortunately, his big franchise is coming to an end with The Hangover 3 finishing shooting at the end of the year, and there are no set dates for his other projects after. Cooper has proven he can do action, drama and comedy, and he's one of the most bankable stars on this list. Let's not forget that he was a top contender for the Green Lantern role, so it'd be smart for Marvel to nab him for "Phase 2" of their franchise - in case Warner Bros. wants him for The Flash.

Joel Edgerton

Ant-Man Cast Joel Edgerton Joel Edgerton was name-dropped a year or two ago among Cooper and Pace in reports that they were all names Marvel Studios was interested in. The Aussie actor hit it big last year with Warrior and The Thing and is now a hot commodity in Hollywood. According to The Playlist, Marvel wants him badly for Dr. Strange, but the Ant-Man part was previously attached to the speculation regarding Edgerton's involvement with the studio.

Jensen Ackles

Ant-Man Cast Jensen Ackles Jensen Ackles was reportedly a top contender (and fan-favorite) for the Captain America role, and is a Comic-Con star for his countless appearances at conventions for Supernatural. That show may only have one season left and it'd be great timing for Marvel and Ackles to transition him from TV to film, with a key role such as Hank Pym.


Hank Pym as Wasp The 10 names listed for the lead part in Ant-Man are the most realistic, and certainly the most rumored/reported candidates of a much larger list which included fan fantasy casting like Armie Hammer, Benjamin Walker, Charlie Hunnam, David Duchovny, Joshua Jackson, Michael C. Hall, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Wilson, Ryan Philippe, Ryan Kwanten, Simon Baker and Scott Caan. I'm sure you have your own ideas for who could play Ant-Man (and Wasp) so sound off in the comments below and expect more news in the coming weeks as we inch closer to San Diego Comic-Con and Marvel Studios' expected announcements. Be sure to keep a sharp eye on our 2012 Comic-Con Coverage Page. - Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.
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  1. Lol @ all the people rambling about the wife beating… It was a story, whether it happened or not, who cares? I don’t care if he made a habit of killing wives as long as it’s just ink.

  2. Neil Patrick Harris would cause me to laugh so hard, I’d never take How I Met Your Mother seriously again. “Kids, in the fall of 2014 your Uncle Barney became Ant-Man.” “Kids, in the spring of 2015 you Uncle Barney joined the Avengers as Ant-Man, met up with your Aunt Robin, who was also in the Avengers, and they got married.” Please comment some more HIMYM/Ant-Man/Avengers jokes.

    • considering that “how I met your mother” is a comedy, I don’t take it seriosly anyhow

  3. I think with things such as the Higgs Boson Partical in the news right now they could capitalize on a hard core science/sci fi spin on the character. On the surface it seems a little silly for a guy to be shrinking down and being a superhero but if the science aspects make sense and they treat it somewhat seriously I think it could be done. The name ‘Ant Man’ really doesn’t do it any favors with mainstream movie goers but it could be treated like it’s the name of a project more than his alter ego. I kinda like Holloway for the role but I think we should trust Marvel with all this by now. They will get the right guy for the role.

    • Yannow what, that’s the best comment I’ve seen regarding Super Hero movies thus far. These movies always need that “grounded in reality” aspect present, and the Higgs Boson “God Particle” thing fits PERFECTLY. And can make the Ant-Man movie more than just some “funny scince-y film” it might be made out to be. Easily the writers can capitalize on the recent scientific discoveries and tie in the Pym Particle to those. “Project Ant-Man”, a scientific experiment to shrink down human beings USING the God Particle in an altered, possibly weaker state, and call THAT the Pym-Particle. For what reasons? Dunno..they’ll think of something I’m sure. Possibly at first to shrink down robotics to fight diseases and infections first? Dunno, just speculating now. But great eye you got there for movie marketing. Like I said, best idea I’ve seen on sites like this by far.

    • How is Ant Man any sillier than Batman, Spider-Man or Superman?

  4. I have no inside knowledge so maybe I’m missing something here, but wouldn’t Nathan Fillon make a ton of sense? He seems to fit the role, and it appears the only reason this movie is being made is so Ant-Man can be in Avengers 2 and beyond, and Joss Whedon loves him. I figure he’s almost a lock to appear in the Avengers at some point, so why not now?

    • Hopefully he’s too busy with the Uncharted movie (I can dream) to be available, besides, I kinda don’t want him or Tudyk playing Pym since he’s kinda a jerk (especially for a hero).

  5. There were a few actors up there I wouldn’t mind seeing play Hank, and a few that were just an absolute no in my book. I’m both excited and worried about this movie, seeing as how it can kind of be hard to make something called Ant-Man sound appealing.

    I’m a big fan of Hank, even though I also hate him; I always find myself greatly interested in arcs that revolve around him. If the movies can manage to put the kind of excitement that usually comes w/ the ever so schizo Henry Pym, then they’ll have me sold.

    And if the rumors are true of him making an appearance in Iron Man 3, you’ll have here one happy camper.

  6. I thought for sure Tom Cruise would be on this list because he’s…well…you know…tiny.

    • Best comment ever

  7. you forgot shia labeouf man..!

  8. I know everyone here is talking about Ant-Man, but what about Dr. Strange? I think David Tennant would be prime for the role. Anyone agree?

    • That would be so beautiful that I would cry. Thank you for that lovely image.

  9. Too bad Jeff Goldblum is too old….. He’s 60. I think a younger JG would have made a great Henry Pym. Could you imagine him trading barbs with Robert Downey Jr?

    Doctor Strange? I thought about Johnny Depp, but he’s overexposed now. Too corny and hammy at this point.

    Benedict Cumberbatch for Doctor Strange…….

  10. I like the idea of Jensen Ackles or Simon Peg. I see Jensen Ackles as Scott Lang more than Hank Pym Ant Man. My idea for this would be Hank Pym developing the technology, using it but ultimately going through his little freak out and being benched. Then Scott Lang comes in, a professional burgler who quite the game but who in order to get his daughter treatment for a critical condition takes on the job of stealing the tech and ultimately becoming the new Ant Man.

    • I could see that, but I think it would be too soon for Hank to flip out. I mean I don’t think they could put enough character development for him in one movie plus throwing in his freak out, though they could start to hint to that at the end.

  11. Ryan Gosling?!

  12. Aaron Eckhart would be the man to do it.

  13. josh holloway would be a great pym but i think adrian brody would play a great classic gambit

  14. Jude Law. ¬__¬

  15. nathan fillion should be the ant man

  16. Cooper or Ackles, OK; all others, no.
    Ackles is a little short though.

    • Too short to play a guy who shrinks? ;)

  17. I was with you until Bradley Cooper.

  18. I would think Bradley Cooper would be a good Ant Man. And Morena Baccarin would be a great Wasp with short hair.

  19. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  20. How did Nathan Fillion not make it on this list…

  21. Why is it that every time I read an article about who can play what character, Bradley Cooper is always a choice? WTH is wrong with these people? Bradley Cooper is a crappy actor and doesn’t even fit Hank Pym let alone other characters he’s been suggested for (Drake for the Uncharted movie and definitely not Eric Draven for The Crow reboot, which I hope never happens).

  22. Random question: Is the word Pym pronounced like “PIME” or like “PIM”? (Or something else?) I’m not familiar with the comics. I’ve personally been reading it as Pime in my head, but I want to know what it actually is.

    • It’s pronounced “PIM”.

      • Damn. Now I feel dumb.

        Thanks, though.

        • Don’t feel dumb, it was a legitimate question :-)

  23. Ant Man = Channing Tatum …. perfect casting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • No….just, no.

  24. I have two main choices for Ant-Man. They are Patrick Wilson and Bradley Cooper. I think Cooper would be the best choice; if you have seen Limitless, that movie is the perfect example of why he would be a great choice. And for Wasp, if she’s in it(which I hope she is), then I would like Mila Kunis. Perfect imo. And if not, then Mary Elizabeth Winstead aka Ramona Flowers.

  25. What about Ryan Reynolds…? Bradley cooper would be a good fit too IMO!

  26. I vote for Ian Harding.

  27. Eh, I don’t know. Some of these guys I could never see as Ant-Man. Like Adrian Brody? I think he’s a good actor but I don’t know about him being Ant-Man.

  28. Ryan Reynolds was a great Green Lantern and I would love to see him in another comic movie but hopefully one with a different character depth. Channing Tatum would be fun to see with a difference to his Duke from GI JOE character. As to Wasp how about Kate Beckinsale. Also I would love to see Black Panther and Doctor Strange movies.

  29. Huh, Jensen Ackles? Never thought of that, but who knows?

    • Simon Baker is the best choice.