Reported by Zac Platt.
*Contrary to Variety‘s original news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was being considered to play the lead in Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man film, it turns out that this just isn’t the case. While promoting his new film Don Jon, Gordon-Levitt spoke with Allocine (via The Playlist) and denied the rumour. “There are always rumours,” Gordon-Levitt said, his quotes translated from French. “I talk a lot about my future projects, so if you haven’t heard me talk about it, it means it’s nothing but a rumour.” Damn you, rumour-mill. No word yet from Paul Rudd – yet.
Marvel Studios can take their Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy and do whatever the hell they want. It’s the Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End) directed Ant-Man that’s got me most excited about Marvel’s slate of upcoming super-hero flicks and, according to Variety, we might be a little bit closer to seeing what the movie is going to look like. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper, The Dark Knight Rises) and Paul Rudd (This Is 40, I Love You, Man) have emerged as frontrunners to play the superhero scientist Hank Pym, A.K.A. Ant-Man.
Sources are indicating that while there is a third actor being considered for the role, Gordon-Levitt and Rudd are the top contenders. Combined with Wright’s knack for establishing very grounded and human stories amongst grand and wacky backdrops, these candidates for the lead role are further evidence that Ant-Man will be the quirky off-centre superhero movie many are hoping for.
One of the original Avengers from the comics, Ant-Man is one of the most interesting characters Marvel have up their sleeves. On one hand, there is a sense of wonder and discovery to the character that is good old wacky fun, but it’s overshadowed by a maddening sense of insecurity that pushes him to do horrible things and tarnish the legacy he was destined to leave. Imagine Walter White meets Dr. Emmett Brown, and then shave a couple of decades off.
While Gordon-Levitt is generally a boon to any movie he appears in, Rudd is possibly a more exciting choice. He’s been given a few decent dramatic turns throughout his career, but it would be great to see what he can do front and centre of a big-budget superhero movie.
Ant-Man is set for release July 31st 2015, and will follow the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron in Marvel Studio’s seemingly endless list of superhero releases.