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Evangeline Lilly closes deal to join Ant-Man as the female lead

03.25.2014

Back in February, we heard that Evangeline Lilly was in talks for the lead in Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN. Now, that has become official as the LOST and THE HOBBIT star joins Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd in the anticipated comic book movie. But, who will she play?

Jeff Sneider of The Wrap confirmed the casting but not the name of her character. Theories are that she will be playing Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, who was the love interest for Hank Pym. Pym will be played in ANT-MAN by Michael Douglas which raises all sorts of questions: will Wasp actually be a love interest for Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, thereby changing comic book continuity? Or, will the film be told in flashback with Patrick Wilson as the young version of Hank Pym, Lilly appearing in those scenes set in the past?

Whatever the method that Wright and Joe Cornish have used in the screenplay for ANT-MAN, I think Lilly is a great choice. She is incredibly hot and is perfectly suited to play a comic book character. Some felt her role as Tauriel in THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG was a bit wooden, but I have had a crush on her since LOST was on the air. Even if she doesn't end up playing Wasp but another character (Scott Lang did have a romance with Jessica Jones. Hey, isn't Marvel developing that as a Netflix series??), I am excited for this news.

ANT-MAN opens next summer on July 17, 2015.

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9:50AM on 03/28/2014
Here's hoping she's Wasp. I think she looks like Janet. And this would be some great casting. Lock her up for a few films. I'm so amped for this movie!
Here's hoping she's Wasp. I think she looks like Janet. And this would be some great casting. Lock her up for a few films. I'm so amped for this movie!
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8:18AM on 03/27/2014
Well, she COULD pass for a younger Catherine Zeta-Jones. And since I'd love for CZJ to be the present day wasp (a real wilf, ain't she ?), the flashback theory would be ok for me.
Well, she COULD pass for a younger Catherine Zeta-Jones. And since I'd love for CZJ to be the present day wasp (a real wilf, ain't she ?), the flashback theory would be ok for me.
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2:41PM on 03/26/2014
can this movie get any better can't wait for this to come out
can this movie get any better can't wait for this to come out
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9:20PM on 03/25/2014
Didn't read past that picture of her butt... So yeah didn't read anything
Didn't read past that picture of her butt... So yeah didn't read anything
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9:15PM on 03/25/2014

I hope they make her Wasp

She;d be great in that role. A little too classical beauty perhaps, but she has the acting chops.
She;d be great in that role. A little too classical beauty perhaps, but she has the acting chops.
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6:47PM on 03/25/2014

My ideal scenario:

She is the young, estranged ex-wife of Pym and then becomes a flirty, almost love-interest for Scott Lang. Since they are almost certainly going for the single father saving the life of his daughter approach, it might seem innapropriate to shoehorn a full-on love story into the movie.
She is the young, estranged ex-wife of Pym and then becomes a flirty, almost love-interest for Scott Lang. Since they are almost certainly going for the single father saving the life of his daughter approach, it might seem innapropriate to shoehorn a full-on love story into the movie.
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7:40PM on 03/25/2014
I love your idea.
I love your idea.
6:31PM on 03/25/2014
Fanboys rejoice, one of your BFFLs from Oceanic flight 815 finally got a role of note! Now we just need Josh Holloway to get his own vehicle and then I can blow my brains out with glee since I won't hear the end of it! Jorge Garcia for Lobo!
Fanboys rejoice, one of your BFFLs from Oceanic flight 815 finally got a role of note! Now we just need Josh Holloway to get his own vehicle and then I can blow my brains out with glee since I won't hear the end of it! Jorge Garcia for Lobo!
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5:03PM on 03/25/2014
I hope, whichever character she plays, it's in the present and not in flashbacks.

If she's in the flashbacks there'll be no chance of her getting involved with the Avengers or other films.

I'd be happy for Wasp to be Lang's love interest rather than Pym if it means we get more Lilly.

Joss wanted to use Wasp in the first Avengers - fingers crossed for Avengers 3 ;-)
I hope, whichever character she plays, it's in the present and not in flashbacks.

If she's in the flashbacks there'll be no chance of her getting involved with the Avengers or other films.

I'd be happy for Wasp to be Lang's love interest rather than Pym if it means we get more Lilly.

Joss wanted to use Wasp in the first Avengers - fingers crossed for Avengers 3 ;-)
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4:12PM on 03/25/2014

I think Marvel knows what they're doing.

This probably isn't a popular opinion around here, but I had little to no interest in seeing an Ant-Man film. Ever. (Kind of like my initial reaction to a Guardians of the Galaxy film, so who knows, maybe I'll eventually change my mind). But with the incredibly gorgeous Evangeline Lilly in this film, there's literally no doubt that I'm going to see this now. Very clever, Marvel!
This probably isn't a popular opinion around here, but I had little to no interest in seeing an Ant-Man film. Ever. (Kind of like my initial reaction to a Guardians of the Galaxy film, so who knows, maybe I'll eventually change my mind). But with the incredibly gorgeous Evangeline Lilly in this film, there's literally no doubt that I'm going to see this now. Very clever, Marvel!
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3:52PM on 03/25/2014
Oh god yes.
Oh god yes.
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3:45PM on 03/25/2014
Are my expectations too high here? Because I am convinced that this movie is going to be awesome. Love the casting.
Are my expectations too high here? Because I am convinced that this movie is going to be awesome. Love the casting.
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3:29PM on 03/25/2014
I hope she's just as badass in this film and universe as Black Widow and Peggy Carter. Great casting. This and Guardians of the Galaxy are going to be big game changers for Marvel.
I hope she's just as badass in this film and universe as Black Widow and Peggy Carter. Great casting. This and Guardians of the Galaxy are going to be big game changers for Marvel.
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3:27PM on 03/25/2014
Goddamn, this movie gets better with every single article that mentions it. I have more faith in this than anything else Marvel has planned.
Goddamn, this movie gets better with every single article that mentions it. I have more faith in this than anything else Marvel has planned.
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3:25PM on 03/25/2014
Bonus! Was already excited but now I can enjoy this movie on a whole other level.
Bonus! Was already excited but now I can enjoy this movie on a whole other level.
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3:25PM on 03/25/2014

cool

i was hoping for Rashida Jones for wasp, but i like Evangeline Lilly too. I just hope her character can give Black Widow a run for her money as the top female Marvel Character (in the cinematic universe thus far, they have lacking kick butt females).

Also i am really hoping the new Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, tv series all tie into the Avengers universe. These tv mini series are the best way to expand the universe without producing a movie a month
i was hoping for Rashida Jones for wasp, but i like Evangeline Lilly too. I just hope her character can give Black Widow a run for her money as the top female Marvel Character (in the cinematic universe thus far, they have lacking kick butt females).

Also i am really hoping the new Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, tv series all tie into the Avengers universe. These tv mini series are the best way to expand the universe without producing a movie a month
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4:48PM on 03/25/2014
A movie in which Daredevil gets recruited by SHIELD would be interesting. There was actually a What If comic called "What if Daredevil had become an agent of SHIELD".
A movie in which Daredevil gets recruited by SHIELD would be interesting. There was actually a What If comic called "What if Daredevil had become an agent of SHIELD".
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