While Joseph Gordon-Levitt's crucial role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises didn't spawn a franchise for the actor, his work in the billion dollar box office success - and Nolan's Inception two years prior - helped propel the actor's career, which up until then consisted mostly of smaller and independent films.
After multiple notable roles in 2012 (Looper, Lincoln, Premium Rush), JGL is celebrating the theatrical release of Don Jon, a project that represents Levitt's feature film writing and directorial debut. And what better way to follow these successes than by joining one of the the biggest cinematic franchises ever as a superhero?
Yesterday came the first report on the casting process of Marvel Studios' upcoming Ant-Man since writer and director Edgar Wright announced his return to Los Angeles to begin working on the first "Phase 3" film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to insiders, Marvel and Wright are currently interested and are talking to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd.
Speaking with the French division of HuffPost (translated) while promoting his directorial debut Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt addressed the news, confirming that he is in discussions.
"There is always a lot of rumors around these projects and so far it is still only discussions. I am always very transparent when it comes to my role and my career. I'm Usually the first to speak and communicate with my fans if something happens. If you hear nothing from me, they are just rumors. "
Levitt also however, spoke with Allocine where he seemed to hint that it's not much beyond a rumor at this point. Given Levitt's name popping up in the past from reliable sources as a name of interest during the casting process of Guardians of the Galaxy, it's very possible Marvel kept him in mind for the Ant-Man role.
Should Wright and Marvel choose JGL as the first new hero introduced after The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it'll be up to JGL whether or not he wants to sign what we can expect to be a lengthy, multi-picture contract.
Levitt is 12 years younger than supposed other contender Paul Rudd but it's possible both could be in considerations for different parts. The stories of Ant-Man in Marvel Comics cover several men who sport the Ant-Man costume.
Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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