‘Ant-Man': Marvel hires director Peyton Reed to replace Edgar Wright

June 07, 2014 | 10:54 a.m.
Peyton Reed. (Paul Smith)

Peyton Reed. (Paul Smith)

“Ant-Man” has found a new director.

Peyton Reed will replace departed filmmaker Edgar Wright in Marvel’s upcoming superhero release.

A shadow of uncertainty fell over the planned 2015 standalone film last month when Wright abruptly departed the project he’d steered toward the screen for years. In a statement, Marvel and Wright insisted the split was amicable and related to differences in the creative vision for the film.

“Anchorman” director Adam McKay had been talked about as a potential replacement for Wright, but it is Reed who will now direct, with McKay making contributions to the script.

Set for release July 17, 2015, “Ant-Man” will star Michael Douglas as original Avengers member Hank Pym, a scientist who in the comics invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. The film also will star Paul Rudd as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man.

Additionally, Patrick Wilson, who famously played Nite Owl in Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ legendary graphic novel “Watchmen,” will have a featured role in the movie, as will actress Evangeline Lilly.

It’s unclear whether either incarnation of the diminutive hero will appear in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers” sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which also is set for release in 2015.

In the comics, Pym is the creator of Ultron, an automaton that becomes a supervillain.

Reed has an extensive background in comedy, with credits that include “Bring It On,” “The Break-Up” and “Yes Man.” He’s also directed episodes of the television comedy “The New Girl,” among other credits.

What do you think of Marvel’s choice? Are you looking forward to seeing “Ant-Man” on the big screen? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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