Paul Rudd Is Officially ANT-MAN: Marvel Puts Out A Statement
Well that went exactly how we expected it to go. The other day news broke that Paul Rudd had already done everything but put his name on the dotted line of a contract for Edgar Wright‘s highly-anticipated film, and tonight Marvel is going ahead and making the news official with a press release. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has a few words of praise for Wright and Rudd, but no details about the plot or which version of Ant-Man the actor will be portraying is revealed. Safe money is on Hank Pym though. We’ve covered Rudd being Ant-Man many times, so there’s not much more to say. Read the full press release below. What do you think about it now that it is well and truly official?
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!
The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.
“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.”
Rudd brings a diverse background to the role having become one of the industry’s most known actors with a reputation for smart, funny and creative performances. Rudd can currently be seen in “Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues,” as well as past roles in “Anchorman,” “This Is 40,” “I Love You, Man,” “Role Models,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” among numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.
In addition to “Ant-Man,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
Source : Marvel