Marvel announces an open casting call for Ant-Man & the Wasp in Atlanta, Georgia ahead of the film's June filming start date. The Marvel Cinematic Universe officially entered Phase 3 little under a year ago with the debut of Captain America: Civil War. While the third phase of Marvel Studios' expansive superhero universe includes plenty of solo entries for new or first-time headlining heroes - like Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel - it will also feature a number of sequels to existing series.
In the case of Ant-Man & the Wasp, Paul Rudd will return as Scott Lang, the titular hero from 2015's Ant-Man, along with Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne - who will join the ranks of MCU superheroes as the co-headlining Wasp. Ant-Man & the Wasp will be the third and final MCU entry to hit theaters in 2018 and, as such, filming is set to begin in June of this year. Now, a new annoucement further teases the production gearing up to begin.
Project Casting posted an open casting call for Ant-Man & the Wasp, which will film in Atlanta, Georgia under the working title Cherry Blue. To be considered for audition, those hoping to join the production must be registered with Project Casting. Otherwise, the casting call doesn't reveal too much about the production, but does state:
"We are beginning PREP shortly on Marvel’s next big film, 'Cherry Blue'! A large portion of the background roles will be hand selected by the Directors, plus there will be many stand-in and photo double roles as well."
In addition to Rudd and Lilly, Ant-Man & the Wasp will feature the return of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Hope's father and Scott's mentor; Michael Peña as Luis and David Dastmalchian as Kurt will also be appearing in the Ant-Man sequel as part of Scott's crew. Original director Peyton Reed is set to return for the sequel while Rudd co-wrote the script with Ant-Man production writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer.
The plot for Ant-Man & the Wasp is still under wraps, however it's expected the sequel will dive deeper into Hope's character and her evolution to becoming the Wasp. That said, Reed recently said Hope will be a "fully formed" version of the Wasp - though it's unclear if he meant by the end of the film or at the start of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Since Lilly was originally planned to appear as Wasp in Captain America: Civil War alongside Rudd as Ant-Man, it's possible Hope has become a fully fledged superhero already within the continuity of the MCU - or that will be explored in Ant-Man & the Wasp and that's why the character's appearance was cut.
With production on Ant-Man & the Wasp set to gear up over the next month or so - and casting for additional characters now beginning - we'll learn plenty more in the coming weeks. Whether an official synopsis or major casting announcements will be revealed remains to be seen, but as we get closer to the film's start date, we'll no doubt receive something in the way of concrete information about Ant-Man & the Wasp soon enough.
Source: Project Casting
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