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'Ant-Man' Begins Filming in San Francisco

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[Update: First official photo of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Ant-Man released.]

With only eleven months to go before Ant-Man hits theaters in summer 2015 as Marvel Studios' second superhero movie release of the year, the pressure is on to get the cameras rolling. Ant-Man's pre-production has been through quite a bit of turbulence lately, after director Edgar Wright - who had been attached to the project since before the release of Iron Man - parted ways with Marvel and Peyton Reed (Yes Man) stepped in to take over.

Ant-Man will star Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang - two different iterations of Ant-Man from the comic books. The very first poster for Ant-Man was released at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and showed a fully-costumed Ant-Man riding on the back of a winged ant (this scene had better make it into the movie). Corey Stoll (The Strain) was also confirmed to be playing antagonist Darren Cross, who adopts one of Hank Pym's alternate identities from the comics - Yellowjacket. Meanwhile, The Hobbit star Evangeline Lilly will play Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym's daughter.

Despite the setbacks, Ant-Man has officially begun filming today, with Peyton Reed celebrating the start of filming on Twitter with a possible tagline for the movie ("LET'S. GET. small.") and reports indicating that the first scenes will be shot in Tenderloin, in downtown San Francisco. The Bold Italic has shared an image of a flyer spotted there last week, which was posted by Pym Particles Productions LLC and gave residents advance notice of street closures due to the filming of a project called "Bigfoot." Very subtle.

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