Evangeline Lilly may still be best known for her work as Kate on ABC's sci-fi mystery series Lost. However, the actress has been slowly building a solid film career since that show went off the air in 2010.
In addition to her role in the Hugh Jackman-fronted Real Steel, Lilly has been featured prominently in the latter two-thirds of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy as elf warrior Tauriel. Those films may not be universally beloved by audiences, but they are bonafide box office draws and will no doubt prepare Lilly to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in next year's Ant-Man.
While promoting The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lilly spoke with CNN about playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Here's what she had to say:
"[Hope] is the daughter of the founders of The Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp. She is a very talented, intelligent, capable woman and a force to be reckoned with.
['Ant-Man'] is very much a heist film. It has all the fun, tension and drama of a good heist film. The heist is being masterminded by myself, my father and Scott Lang."
Lilly's comments continue to play up the heist element of the film, with Paul Rudd as "master thief" Scott Lang. However, she also confirms that her character will be directly involved in the plot that Pym and Lang are hatching.
In addition, her mention of Ant-Man and the Wasp as "founders" of the Avengers is interesting too. Neither character has yet been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with rumors running rampant that Ant-Man will feature flashbacks involving a young Hank Pym and perhaps Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell, perhaps the films can retroactively include those older heroes as part of the braintrust involved in designing some of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s defense programs or even "the Avenger initiative" itself. Of course, this is purely speculation, as Lilly could have easily been referring to the characters' comic book origins, but Marvel is certainly capable of tying things like this closely together.
In any case, it sounds like Lilly will be a more active part of the Ant-Man adventure than some fans may have suspected, which certainly bodes well for the desperate need for more big screen female heroes to join Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and whichever actress ends up being cast as Captain Marvel in 2018.
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Ant-Man wraps up Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on July 17, 2015, preceded by Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015. Captain America: Civil War starts Phase 3 on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4, 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6, 2018, Inhumans on November 2, 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3, 2019.