As I've said several times, I'm not a fan of posting casting announcements. Until the film is in the can, anything can happen. Actors can drop out, they can die, they can be replaced. But Marvel has had a pretty good track record of keeping their actors in a project, and alive (as much as they have control over that, I suppose). But, since Guardians of the Galaxy is well into post production, and Age of Ultron should be going before cameras soon, the next thing coming down the pipe is Edgar Wright's Ant-man.

A while back, when I was having some fun with making wild casting predictions, I took a shot at Hank Pym. My choice for the role was Steve Martin, based on a comment Wright had made years ago (remember, Ant-man was announced at the same time as the first Iron Man), which follows:
"[T]he idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60′s, in sort of Tales to Astonish mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it’s like an interesting thing, like the “Marvel Premiere” one that I read which is Scott Lang’s origin, it’s very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we’d spend half an hour on."
It's nice to see that Wright is sticking to his guns. In the wake of announcing that Paul Rudd would be the lead on the film, Kevin Feige stated that Rudd was Wright's and the studio's first choice years ago, and they were able to finally realise that choice. It seems as though the over-all plot of the film hasn't changed either, at least in the broad strokes, because Feige has announced that screen legend Michael Douglas, fresh off his Golden Globe win, has joined the film as Hank Pym, officially making Rudd Scott Lang.

This is a pretty big get for Marvel, the most recent in a series of big gets for Marvel that include Robert Redford in Captain American: The Winter Soldier, James Spader in Ultron, and Glenn Close in Guardians (and I'd say going back to Anthony Hopkins in Thor, except Hopkins isn't as... particular with his film roles as these more recent actors are). Said Douglas, "I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good." It also speaks to the increasing credibility that the MCU has brought to superhero films. It helps that Phase 2 has taken more of the tact of making genre films that happen to be about superheroes, rather than specifically making standard issue superhero films, a task they are content to leave to Sony and Fox.

My first thought when I heard this news was "fantastic," though not for the reasons you might think. I see this opening a whole new potential door for Marvel. Douglas will obviously be playing the modern, older Pym, which leaves room in the cast for the younger version to feature in flashbacks. Which take place in the sixties. With the exception of Captain America, and the presumptive Agent Carter TV series, Marvel's movies have all been contemporary. Ant-man could be their gateway into more period stuff. Their deal with Netflix certainly proves they are willing to test material in other formats, and I don't see why a period caper series in the vein of The Avengers (the other, British ones) or the Man from UNCLE , featuring the adventures of a young Hank Pym, wouldn't be something Marvel would be interested in exploring.

Hell, by the end of the decade, why shouldn't we have a SHIELD series in each era of the 20th century?

Via /Film.
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