‘Ant-Man': Patrick Wilson set for Edgar Wright’s Marvel film

Feb. 28, 2014 | 11:53 a.m.
Patrick Wilson photographed in 2008. (Jennifer S. Altman/Los Angeles Times)

Patrick Wilson photographed in 2008. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)

Actor Patrick Wilson is set to join the cast of “Ant-Man,” the upcoming Marvel superhero film from fan-favorite director Edgar Wright.

It’s unclear what role Wilson might take in the planned 2015 release, which will see Michael Douglas play the 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, with Evangeline Lilly, most recently seen on screen as the warrior elf Tauriel in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” widely tipped to sign on to the cast as well.

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.

Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl in 2009's "Watchmen." (Warner Bros.)

Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl in 2009’s “Watchmen.” (Warner Bros.)

Wilson has a history in the genre, having famously played Nite Owl in Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ legendary graphic novel “Watchmen.”

Wright embarks on “Ant-Man” after the success of last summer’s “The World’s End,” his third film 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.

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 set to open July 17,2015.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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