Edgar Wright

June 07, 2014 | 10:54 a.m.

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

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 […]
March 25, 2014 | 11:53 a.m.

‘Ant-Man': Corey Stoll looks likely in cast, production begins in June

Corey Stoll photographed at the Los Angeles Times studio on June 12, 2013. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
It looks as if Corey Stoll could be the latest actor to join the cast of Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The “House of Cards” actor is in negotiations to take on an unspecified role in the production, which will be helmed by Edgar Wright and is set to begin filming in June. The planned 2015 release 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. 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. It’s unclear […]
Feb. 28, 2014 | 11:53 a.m.

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

Patrick Wilson photographed in 2008. (Jennifer S. Altman/Los Angeles 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 […]
Jan. 23, 2014 | 3:16 p.m.

‘Ant-Man’ moves to July 17, 2015; ‘Superman/Batman’ shifts to 2016

“Ant-Man” has a new release date. The Marvel film, starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, now will open July 17, 2015. That’s two weeks earlier than its planned July 31 release date; it moves into the date that had been reserved as the opening of Zack Snyder’s untitled “Man of Steel” sequel featuring Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. Marvel announced the change on its website Thursday. Last week, in a surprise move, Warners pushed back its “Superman/Batman” project, which also will feature an appearance from Wonder Woman as played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, shifting the blockbuster to May 6, 2016. A release issued by the studio said the move was designed to allow “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” […]
Jan. 13, 2014 | 1:17 p.m.

‘Ant-Man': Michael Douglas to star as Hank Pym in Marvel movie

Michael Douglas shows off his Golden Globe Award for his performance in "Behind the Candelabra" at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 12, 2014. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
“Behind the Candelabra” actor Michael Douglas will star in “Ant-Man,” Edgar Wright’s 2015 comic book adventure for Marvel. Douglas is set to play original Avengers member Hank Pym, Marvel announced on its website Monday. In the comics, Dr. Pym is a scientist who invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. “With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in the announcement. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.” Douglas […]
Dec. 18, 2013 | 6:07 p.m.

‘Ant-Man’ casting: Paul Rudd to star in Edgar Wright film

Paul Rudd will star in Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man." (Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images)
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 […]
Aug. 15, 2013 | 12:38 p.m.

‘World’s End': Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright on comedy, Ant-Man

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright
There’s a pub in North London called the World’s End that sits across from the Camden Town tube station. Luminaries, including Charles Dickens, figure among its famous patrons, but it’s also important in the annals of British comedy as the place where Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright would meet up in the early years of their creative partnership, grabbing a pint after seeing movies like “X-Men” at a nearby cinema. So when it came time for the pair to write the screenplay for their film about a 40-ish man in a state of arrested development who inadvertently stumbles onto an intergalactic conspiracy during a small-town pub crawl, the title was a given: “The World’s End.” The place even held a special significance for Nick Frost, Pegg’s longtime onscreen comic foil and offscreen best friend. “Me and Simon used to meet […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 6:13 p.m.

‘The World’s End’ to screen early in ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ marathon

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in "Hot Fuzz." (Rogue Pictures)
Edgar Wright’s new apocalyptic comedy “The World’s End” will screen one day ahead of its nationwide release as it caps special showings of the “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy” on Aug. 22. Along with “The World’s End,”  the trilogy includes the 2004 zombie sendup “Shaun of the Dead” and the 2007 cop comedy “Hot Fuzz.” All three films star Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote the screenplays with director Wright, and Nick Frost. Prior to the trilogy, Wright, Pegg and Frost collaborated on the British TV series “Spaced.” The “Cornetto Trilogy” takes its name from the appearance of symbolic Cornetto ice cream treats in each of the three films. The gallery above shows two such moments. The three films will screen back-to-back-to-back at select theaters, beginning with “Shaun of the Dead” and proceeding in chronological order. For a list of participating theaters and ticket […]
July 19, 2013 | 11:53 a.m.

Comic-Con: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost tease ‘The World’s End’

From left, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost attend "The World's End" panel at Comic-Con International on Friday in San Diego, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright kicked off the Comic-Con International Hall H programming in high fashion Friday morning, with a hilarious panel in which they talked about their new movie, “The World’s End,” due out in the U.S. in August, but also their future plans. Wright said that in addition to directing Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” he’s got some spinoff movies in the works too: “Abdo-Man” and “The Mighty Thorax.” Kidding, of course. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 But that was the wild, humorous tenor of the hourlong session devoted to the new Focus Features film, the third in the trio’s so-called “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy that includes “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” “The World’s End” upends the usual Pegg-Frost dynamic established in those movies, with Pegg playing Gary King, a man Pegg described as a […]
July 05, 2013 | 11:47 a.m.

Comic-Con 2013: Simon Pegg, Spider-Man, Metallica on Friday program

Simon Pegg, shown in  2011, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright are heading to San Diego’s Comic-Con International. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright will kick off the July 19 programming in Hall H at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, with “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and Sony’s panel presentation featuring “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ also figuring into the lineup for the convention’s biggest arena. Pegg, Frost and Wright will appear on the Focus Features panel to promote the new film, “The World’s End,” due out in the U.S. Aug. 23. The final installment in their “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy, the movie sees Pegg play Gary King, a (lovable?) loser who recruits his high school chums to try to finish a famous pub crawl in their hometown that they had once unsuccessfully attempted in their younger days — but the apocalypse intervenes. It’s the zombie apocalypse that drives what will be one of the biggest […]
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