Paul Rudd to Star in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

Paul Rudd is Ant Man

Marvel is ready to name its next superhero as sources tell Variety that Paul Rudd is in early negotiations to star in “Ant-Man.”

Rudd, along with Joseph Gordon Levitt, was considered one of the front-runners for the part, as Variety first reported. Rudd stars in eagerly-awaited sequel “Anchorman 2,” which opened Tuesday night.

Edgar Wright is helming and co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish. Marvel had no comment on the casting.

In the comics, the character’s alter-ego is Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size and communicate with insects. One scenario that was rumored when Wright first came on is that he would focus on the later years of Ant-Man and add the character Scott Lang, a crook who steals Pym’s technology and becomes the new Ant-Man. This may hint at the idea that both Rudd and Gordon Levitt could potentially become involved in the film, although the idea seems unlikely.

Kevin Feige will produce for Marvel.

Rudd is an interesting choice as a super-hero, since he is known more for his comedic roles than action-heavy roles. It’s a move that recalls the company’s choice of Robert Downey Jr. to play Iron Man. Downey didn’t have the look of an action hero, but shared elements of Tony Stark’s personality, which led to him being tapped for the role.

Rudd is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.

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  1. Wendy Famula says:

    What happened to Nathan Fillion?

  2. Nathan says:

    hope he gets in shape-hes doughy

  3. Rudd is neither funny nor believeable…. this guys carrier choice to become comedy actor is among the worst ine the world… cannot stand him… hope he dont get near any marvel movie… they have been good so far… this guys has a talent to wreck everything his in…

  4. Volvagia says:

    I honestly hope that he’s Scott Lang. I get that, for the kids show Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, they needed to present a neutered version of Pym. However, these are the movies, and I’d expect no flinching on either character.
    Film One, Ant-Man: Introduce two Ant-Men (Pym and Lang), focusing on the more heroic one that will appear in the Avengers movies.
    Film Two, The Big Christmas: Introduce Janet Van Dyne and flesh out the oddities of their relationship, before getting to the main course of dark comic sadism against one kid’s family. (Adapted from a comic written by…(imagine Rocky Theme)
    Bob Gale.

  5. Uncle Morty says:

    IRON MAN / TONY STARK – JEWISH

    (RDJ)

    SPIDERMAN / PETER PARKER – JEWISH

    (ANDREW GARFIELD)

    WONDER WOMAN – JEWISH

    (GAL GADOT)

    BLACK WIDOW – JEWISH

    (SCARLETT JOHANNSON)

    ANT MAN / HANK PYM – JEWISH

    (PAUL RUDD)

    LESS THAN 3% OF THE US POPULATION WE ARE – BUT OVER-REPRESENTED NOT ONLY IN MEDICINE, LAW, FINANCE BUT SUPER-HEROES TOO!!

    IS THERE ANYTHING THE CHOSEN CAN’T DO?? NO!!

    MAZEL TOV MY CHOSEN – MARVEL TOV!!!

  6. Tiny Lister says:

    Hank Pym! HANK!

  7. Hey, it’s Celery Man!

  8. AP2HYC says:

    Check out the Ant-Man test footage here: http://ap2hyc.com/?p=3815

  9. Marvel is Sweet, Yo! says:

    Yay ;D Glad to see this is starting to be made!

  10. Uncle Morty says:

    MAZEL TOV!

    JEWISH IRON MAN / TONY STARK
    – RDJ!!

    JEWISH ANT-MAN!
    – PAUL RUDD

    JEWISH WONDER WOMAN
    – GAL GADOT!!

    WONDER WOMAN & ANT-MAN
    …ARE CHOSEN!!

    JEWISH SUPER-HEROES RULE!!

    L’CHAIM

  11. roxriotour says:

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  12. Bella says:

    Yea!! I mean who doesn’t love Paul Rudd, I can’t wait to see him in this. Good work Marvel and kudos to you Paul.

  13. Mikey B says:

    PERFECT!!!!! Also Rudd is always likeable. I’m looking forward to this film now.

  14. RuddyBoy says:

    Best casting choice since RDJr and the 2 Chris

    that is how you do casting DC!!!

    take some damn notes

    i mean, Gal Gadot? WOW

    make mine MARVEL!!

  15. mark bigford says:

    It would be weird for Joseph Levitt to be one of the Ant-Men for Marvel/Disney now that he’s going to be Sandman for Warner/DC.
    Hope Morpheus has a Cameo in Man of Steel 2.

  16. Steve says:

    Marvel gets it. Great choice for Pym.

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