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The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly Is Being Courted For A Lead Role In Marvel’s Ant-Man


Well, good morning to you too, Marvel! 

Actually, this news broke last night but I’m sure many of you are waking up to it today. The Hollywood Reporter says Lost and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug star, Evangeline Lilly is in talks for the lead opposite Paul Rudd in Ant-Man. And no, they have yet to divulge the name of that particular lead.

THR writes, “It is unclear who Lilly would play but it is not intended to be a one-off appearance.”

Lilly’s big break of course was on ABC’s Lost but since that series wrapped, she’s been particular about her roles, only having starred in Real Steel and Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films as the newly created Tauriel. She was also really, really, excited to play that role so it gives me hope for whoever this character is in Ant-Man if she agrees to it.

Of course the first thought is Lilly might be in talks for Janet van Dyne (aka The Wasp). But things aren’t certain, especially after Michael Douglas was added to the cast as Hank Pym. At that time names like Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard were also floating around for the spot opposite Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. Variety cites sources as saying she could be Pym’s daughter.

Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger went on record to say Captain America: The Winter Soldier would  “set critical events in motion” for The Avengers sequel and that we might see some trickle down into ABC’s Agents of SHIELD.

(via /Film)

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  • Anonymous

    Hmmmmm….. I really like Evangeline Lily, but I’d really love for Rashida Jones to fill the role of Wasp. We need some more color in the Marvel universe!

  • kbroxmysox

    I’m with. Plus, I think she’d do better in Antman as she won’t jut be “the good girl who’s constantly smirking or rolling her eyes”, she’s proven she can go toe to toe with Judd multiple times.

  • kbroxmysox

    A bit worried that sources claim that she might be Douglas’ daughter and not Janet..

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    It’s possible she will be both. Either she’ll have the same name as her mother, Janet. Or she’ll simply be named Janet while he mother will have been named something else. It wouldn’t surprise me if Marvel swapped around the names and roles of characters to fit whatever they have in mind.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Agreed!

  • blu girl

    Agreed. I don’t think there’s been a single woman of color as a significant character in any of the Marvel Studio films.

  • Anonymous

    Same. I would like them to go the Ultimate route and make Jan Asian American (though obviously without the gross spousal abuse bits).

  • http://pontoonification.blogspot.com/ AverageDrafter

    At this point speculation is pretty futile, given the wholesale changes to the Ant Man mythos from Ultron on down. However… In Wright we trust!

  • kbroxmysox

    I wouldn’t mind Janet never having been with Hank. So if her mother is Sarah van Dyne and either her and Hank never married, or her mother left Hank and choose to name her daughter Janet I’d be happy.

    But if she’s some original character, Susie Pym, that would stink.

  • kbroxmysox

    I wouldn’t mind Janet never having been with Hank. So if her mother is Sarah van Dyne and either her and Hank never married, or her mother left Hank and choose to name her daughter Janet I’d be happy.

    But if she’s some original character, Susie Pym, that would stink.

  • Anonymous

    Same for me. Lily isn’t bad but she can’t compare to Jones and with Portman, Paltrow, Johansson and Saldana, we’ve been pretty spoiled with Marvel’s lead actresses. Even the smaller roles have had very cool actresses (Denning, Russo, Hall, Atwell, Close, Gillan, etc..)

  • Anonymous

    Same for me. Lily isn’t bad but she can’t compare to Jones and with Portman, Paltrow, Johansson and Saldana, we’ve been pretty spoiled with Marvel’s lead actresses. Even the smaller roles have had very cool actresses (Denning, Russo, Hall, Atwell, Close, Gillan, etc..)

  • kbroxmysox

    To be fair, the MU version of Jan also had spousal abuse issues.

  • kbroxmysox

    To be fair, the MU version of Jan also had spousal abuse issues.

  • kbroxmysox

    I’d say Atwell goes in the major roles. She was the best part about Captain America and will (hopefully!) be getting her own show.

  • kbroxmysox

    I’d say Atwell goes in the major roles. She was the best part about Captain America and will (hopefully!) be getting her own show.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Glossing up history?

  • Anonymous

    If I’m being honest I think the spousal abuse stuff is probably part of the reason they’re choosing to use Scott Lang as the lead and have Pym as a retired hero.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I assumed the same.

  • MeatyStakes

    Thorn, I really want my Rashida Jones, but I do love Evangeline Lilly.

  • Skol Troll

    Lily or Jones? Anyone else see that there’s no wrong answer here? ;-)

  • Haleigh Yonish

    I *just* wrote a blog post about this, but for the Johnny Storm / Dr. Doom rumors — totally agree! The numbers are dismal.

    http://haleighcat.blogspot.com/2014/02/why-new-johnny-storm-and-rumors-of-lady.html

    EDIT: The Johnny Storm part isn’t a rumor, whoops! How do words?

  • Haleigh Yonish

    I just checked the data I came up with last night: from 2003-2013, there were seven women of color who appeared in the top five billed for Marvel-based live action films.

  • Anonymous

    Can Rashida Jones, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Evangeline Lilly all be in Ant-Man? One can be Jane, another can be Pym’s daughter, and the last can be Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) or an awesome villains like Madame Masque or Madame Hydra or anyone really. I WANT IT ALL!

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    My comics friends tell me that a LOT of the MCU is taken from the Ultimates.

    And that The Wasp in the Ultimates was an Asian woman, one of which HAS BEEN cast for Avenger AoU. So I have hopes we’ll get another superhero, even if we don’t get Janet.

    Hell, we might get two this way!

  • Adrian

    And the Agent Carter one-shot was fantastic.

  • kbroxmysox

    Right!? She was so awesome.

  • John W

    omigodomigodomigod

  • L.W.

    No she didn’t.

  • kbroxmysox

    Uh yes she did. It wasn’t as violent or intense as Ultimate’s but he was emotional abusive to her and eventually hit her. So yeah spousal abuse.

  • kbroxmysox

    Didn’t think about that..

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Its probably going to be a Janet with her whole relationship with Pym being grafted onto Lang due to producers favoritism, but I wish it was instead Hope Pym, the Red Queen. Whose admittedly so obscure that I doubt anyone on the films has even heard about.

  • Anonymous

    …if she is playing some incarnation, ANY incarnation of the Wasp, then I will give these people ALL MY MONEY.

    That’s all.

  • L.W.

    Uh, no she didn’t. It’s obvious you’ve either not read the comics, or you’ve retroactively injected your own fanwank, based on the long-running joke that Pym’s a wife-beater, into the narrative. Ultimates DID have spousal abuse, but that’s because Mark Millar was parodying 616.