More Details on Michael Pena’s ANT-MAN Role; Female Lead Casting Rumors
Some new potential details have emerged in regards to Pena’s likely role in Ant-Man. According to ThisIsInfamous, the actor is actually in talks to play one of the villains of the film, simply named Castillo. Now, you won’t find much in regards to a Marvel character with that name, however, here’s the info the site gives: the character is modeled after Cuban ruler Fidel Castro. Apparently, the first part of the film will take place in the 1960′s, where a young Hank Pym will be a hero fighting the good fight against Communism. This will be the introduction to the Ant-Man character. From there, an aging Pym, played by Michael Douglas, will have an encounter with Paul Rudd’s Stephan Lang character, which will lead to him taking on the Ant-Man mantle.
Lang will be taking on a second villain and more primary villains. But, it is also being said that Pena’s character will wind up playing a more pivotal role as the film progresses. This bit of news is certainly intriguing and quite a it different than many of us have expected. But if this info is correct, we can expect to hear some more casting news in regards to the Hank Pym role.
Speaking of more casting, there have been a few rumors popping up this afternoon that several actresses have been in talks for the female lead in Ant-Man. Apparently, Jessica Chastain was approached for the role, but she turned it down, according to Variety. The trade also states that Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard have been mentioned, but no offers have been made. To makes things more interesting, Steven Weintraub of Collider tweeted that his sources say that all of these leading lady rumors are unfounded and not true. He also states that he spent some time with Pena, convincing him to take on the aforementioned villainous role.
Several things can be learned from today’s news. First, Marvel must be in a frantic mess today trying to filter through all the rumors and leaks. The easy way out is to deny everything, which they do any way. Second, always, always take these rumors with a grain of salt. We are seeing more and more rumors surface these days, so it’s getting difficult to search through all the crap to find the facts! But you can always count on Comic Book Therapy to bring you the most up to date news.
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