Comedic actor Paul Rudd appears set to star in “Ant-Man,” Edgar Wright’s 2015 comic book adventure for Marvel.
Rudd is currently in negotiations for a starring role in the film — he’d long been tipped as one of the actors most likely to play the superhero. Ant-Man is the alter ego of Dr. Hank Pym, a scientist who invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes — he’s also one of the original members of the Avengers.
It’s unclear, however, whether Ant-Man will appear in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers” sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which also is set for release in 2015.
Wright embarks on “Ant-Man” after the success of this summer’s “The World’s End,” his third collaboration with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The trio’s Cornetto Trilogy — “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “World’s End” — established Wright as an especially beloved figure among the fan community, his films fusing humor and heart within genre trappings.
At San Diego’s Comic-Con International earlier this year, Wright, Pegg and Frost joked about the upcoming comic book film. Wright said from the stage at the pop culture expo that in addition to directing “Ant-Man,” he had got some spinoff movies in the works too: “Abdo-Man” and “The Mighty Thorax.”
In an interview with Hero Complex days later, the trio kept up their jibes, insisting that Frost would be the actor in the title role.
“We’ve tried to announce this so many times over the last couple of weeks,” Pegg said at the time.
Teased Frost, “Costume hasn’t phoned me, though, which is odd. There will be the thorax, the mandibles,” he said, pausing before turning to Wright to ask, “Edgar, how are we doing the mandibles?”
Wright’s been attached to the project for some time — he debuted “Ant-Man” test footage that showcased the helmeted hero growing and shrinking in size at Comic-Con in 2012.
“Ant-Man” is slated for a July 31, 2015 theatrical release.
Rudd, meanwhile, can be seen in theaters this weekend in the comedy sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” opening Friday.
Earlier this year, he appeared in an apocalyptic comedy of his own, “This Is the End,” and appeared opposite Tina Fey in the dramedy, “Admission.” His other credits include “This Is 40,” “I Love You, Man,” “Knocked Up” and “Clueless.”
– Gina McIntyre
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