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[UPDATED] Paul Rudd Is Marvel’s Ant-Man

Yes, I did use an image of Paul Rudd from 1995′s Clueless. Want to make something of it? 

Rudd’s name had been circling Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man film since October. Back then Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s name was also thrown into the mix but there were thoughts both actors could star in the film as different versions of the character. However, the Hollywood Reporter writes, “Some speculate that when Gordon-Levitt became attached to Sandman, based on a character by Marvel’s rival, DC Entertainment, that only hastened the dealmaking.”

But there’s always the chance Wright has something up his sleeve. THR writes, “Rudd’s front-runner status was an open secret. What is more of interest to fanboys and girls is which Ant-Man is Marvel adapting. The script calls for the original hero, a scientist named Dr. Hank Pym who invents the shrinking technology (called Pym Particles!) and was one of Marvel’s earliest heroes. But it also has Scott Lang, a reformed thief who became the hero in the late 1970s.”

While Marvel have yet to make it “official.” it looks like the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues star will be entering into the ever-growing Marvel movie universe. Now we wait and see if confirmation comes of Janet Van Dyne being in the film. The rumor is she will be, and perhaps be played by Rashida Jones, but that she won’t quite be Wasp yet.

Are you happy with the casting?

[UPDATE] Marvel has confirmed the casting. ”When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”

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  • Haleigh Yonish

    Rashida, Rashida, Rashida!
    She’d be the first WOC, but also, she’s one of my favorite people, and their dynamic would be fantastic. Love Paul Rudd!

  • allreb

    I feel so many conflicting things about this. Or, well, just two. Those two being 1) I am completely apathetic about the idea of an Ant-Man movie, but 2) I think Paul Rudd would be great and I like him a lot. Hm.

  • eric bouchard

    very happy about Rudd. He will be a great Ant-Man. But they need Wasp here, not just Janet. IMO Ant-man alone is not enough to carry a big-budget movie.

  • Ali Miller

    Honestly, I feel like this is the keystone to Marvel’s success: they keep casting all the right people. The actors keep their films afloat even when all the other moving parts don’t hang together perfectly well.

  • AverageDrafter

    And the interwebs goes sploosh…

    Seriously, Marvel knows how to win over the ladies something fierce. Rudd + Wright + MCU = holycrapimfrickinexcited.

    And yes, I’d give his pretty, pretty face a big man kiss because I love this guy so much.

  • Gerald Kirby

    I’m a wee bit worried that if they make Rudd into Scott Lang, we’ll have a longer delay at seeing Janet Van Dyne become the Wasp. Call me cynical, but I don’t see the inclusion of more solid female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe being a priority for Disney.

  • Adrian

    She’s so pretty. :(

  • Anonymous

    Paul Rudd is a solid choice. Maybe not Downy-Jr-as-Iron-Man solid, but solid nonetheless. He will make the movie better.

  • Taylor Ley-Leddy

    I hope he’s Hank Pym, and then later Simon Pegg is cast as Scott Lang (both Gingers), because that would make my dreams come true. A Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright super hero movie…YES PLEASE!

  • MeatyStakes

    Well, is there any difference between 1995′s and 2013′s Paul Rudd?

    Super excited, and please of please let the Rashida Jones rumours be true, they would have just this amazing chemistry! I feel like they have worked together before, but I can’t be specific about; it just seems like one of those things that just is XD

  • Anonymous

    But which Ant-Man is he? Pym or Lang? Because he could arguably work as either one.
    This is good. I am pleased with this (and not just because Paul Rudd was friggen hilarious on The Daily Show last night and is therefore on my brain).

  • Rob Payne

    Parks and Rec and Our Idiot Brother. Don’t recall if they had any scenes together in the former, but they shared a couple interesting moments in the latter… perhaps that flick’s only interesting moments (that didn’t have TJ Miller). So, they come from the same comedic universe and would no doubt be excellent in Marvel’s version of The Thin Man.

  • Rob Payne

    Here’s hoping the sequel is called Ant-Man and The Wasp!

  • Janelle S

    They played an engaged couple in I Love You, Man.

  • Morgan

    Clueless Rudd is prime Rudd. I will make nothing of it!

  • Cy

    “Insects United” or is that too Xmenish?

  • MeatyStakes

    Haven’t watched our idiot brother yet! But yeah, I’m not sure if they shared screen in Parks and Rec, I remember Rudd’s character mostly interacting with Leslie.

    Oh, how great would it be tho!!

  • MeatyStakes

    Yes!! that’s from where I remember them!! yeah, they had great chemistry there :D

  • BatiHoney

    If Paul Rudd ends up being Ant-Man, I’ll never stop picturing Phoebe from FRIENDS just throwing that fact around everywhere she goes because I am obviously not over that TV show and that’s the first thing I saw Paul Rudd in.

    But really now, I like him, but I’m not a fan or know much of Ant-Man, so…. hopefully he’ll be awesome in general and the fans will like him as well, if he ends up being Ant-Man.

  • Alyson L

    They worked well together before.

  • Anonymous

    There was a casting call from a few weeks back that mentioned one of the major characters is a little girl, so it sounds like they’re still going with the idea of Scott Lang with Hank Pym in flashbacks. The little girl is presumably Scott’s daughter Cassie.

  • DonnaBrazileRocks

    VERY excited about this, but I wish that Joseph Gordon-Levitt wasn’t making Sandman because my dream is actually that Paul Rudd would be Hank Pym and JGL would be Scott Lang in the same film :/

  • kbroxmysox

    They had one scene together, after the Debate where he invited her and Leslie to a partying to celebrate the debate and how awesome Leslie did. :p.

    They have perfect chemistry. I would LOVE if she’s Janet. Imagine a woman of color in her late 30′s playing a love interest to an age appropriate man and also a super hero? That would be awesome. Wish she’d be in Avengers 2!

  • kbroxmysox

    Not cynical at all. Even Kevin Feige, when asked about a female lead film skirted around the issue and was like “We’ve got some great movies coming up and who knows what could happen in 2017!”…That’s more or less paraphrasing his statement. I just find it hilarious that they’ll have a Black Panther movie before a Captain Marvel movie, despite the fact that Carol has always sold better than Black Panther and is a more popular character. They never had to marry off Carol to a popular X-Men to make her more interesting. I guess I understand the Dr. Strange movie. It’s their way to introduce magic, but even so, Ant Man before Captain Marvel? Before Scott Lang? Seriously?

    And what better way to introduce the next Hulk movie than to also bring along She-Hulk. There are so many ways to introduce female characters, give them their own films but Marvel can only give us, “Maybe in 2017!”"

  • Brett W

    Well they have, what, three people of color in their entire film franchise right now? (War Machine, Heimdall, Falcon) And all of them are supporting characters. Black Panther is an excellent opportunity to introduce a POC lead character. Why not take it?

  • kbroxmysox

    They have one super hero female in the whole franchise(two if you count Sif), and she’s just a supporting character as well. One vs three…Sure you count more females if you count love interest, but those are thankless roles….So why not take the opportunity to introduce a main female lead? Carol is that same opportunity. And I find her more interesting than bland Black Panther. As I said, my favorite X-Men character Storm had to be dragged over to his book and married off to him to make him interesting(and I don’t even want to get started on what a racist, sexist mess that was…)

  • Brett W

    You miscounted. There are three females as well. Sif (who I do count), Black Widow, and Pepper. And yes, I count Pepper despite her being a love interest because not only did she wear the IM suit, she also got Extremis powers and was the one to kill the villain at the end of IM3. And of those three, I’d say Black Widow is higher-profile than Rhodey, Heimdall, or Falcon. Of course that’s an assumption about Falcon, since the film he’s in hasn’t come out yet.

  • kbroxmysox

    Rhodey had a lot more to do in Iron Man 2 than Black Widow, who was mostly just sexy spy. Black Widow has a higher profile because she was in a more popular movie and written by Joss Whedon.

    And yeah Pepper saved the day but I wouldn’t count her as a hero. Rhode also saved the day in that movie, and had just as much screen time.

    Honestly, they’re both in the same position but to me, Captain Marvel is miles above Black Panther in terms of character.

  • Brett W

    I think we’re just butting our heads against the difference-of-opinion wall. I’d also rank Pepper and Rhodey as equals on the sliding scale of supporting character importance. I’d place Heimdall and Sif at roughly the same position on that scale as well. Falcon has yet to be seen. But Black Widow’s prominence can’t be denied, regardless of qualifiers.

    As far as comparing Captain Marvel with Black Panther… I’m sure she’s a great character, but I know absolutely nothing about Carol Danvers. My level of interest reflects that. Black Panther I know a little more about, though not much. My introduction to the character was “Hey, he looks kinda like Batman! Sold!” followed by reading Wikipedia articles. And when it comes to me, a character can’t get a much better endorsement than “kind of like Batman, except from Africa.”

  • kbroxmysox

    I guess. To me I just prefer the well written character. Having read books with both and knowing plenty about both, I side with Carol. But I can also see you’d want Black Panther before Captain Marvel. I just don’t see myself seeing a Black Panther movie, just like I don’t plan on seeing Guardians of the Galaxy…or Dr. Strange.