Oscar winner Adrien Brody is getting a lot of attention in recent weeks, following the recent release of Splice and last weekend's opening of Predators. In Nimród Antal's sequel to the original Predator, Brody plays a gruff and silent killer as a bad-ass mercenary and in Splice, he moves to the other end of the spectrum to play a rebellious scientist. If that wasn't making enough headlines for the star whose acting range knows no bounds, Brody may soon become a superhero as well.
Reports and Twitter buzz indicate that Adrien Brody may be playing Ant-Man for Marvel Studios in The Avengers and in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man solo film. Nothing is confirmed yet on this front, but it no doubt will be this Saturday at Marvel's Thor and Captain America panel presentation.
With several insiders talking up the major surprise announcements for Marvel Studios for San Diego Comic-Con 2010, one of them I've been expecting revolves around the character of Ant-Man, whose solo film has been years in development.
Or pal John Campea, Editor of AMC Theatres Script To Screen, tweeted that he heard from his sources that Adrien Brody is "most likely" Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Around the same time, master scooper El Mayimbe from Latino Review shed some more light on the rumor.
"I personally checked with my pals at Paradigm (Adrien Brody's agency) and at press time, YES they were pursuing Ant Man but got nothing yet."
It's a safe bet that Brody is definite contender and possible leading candidate. If he is the choice for Edgar Wright, Joss Whedon and the studio, we'll find out in less than a week.
[Update: John spoke with Edgar Wright who denied this - but we won't know for sure until someone else is announced]
While I'm fond of the idea of Nathan Fillion playing Ant-Man, Adrien Brody is another talented high-caliber actor who'd make a great addition to The Avengers. I just hope he doesn't bring with him the Christian Bale-Batman voice he used in Predators...
If you're psyched for the Marvel movie happenings, there will be free signings with the directors and cast of Thor and Captain America on the Comic-Con floor on Saturday. Also, check out the info and rumors on the Marvel Studios SDCC panel.
Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. We’ll find out what comes next at San Diego Comic-Con this week!