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Michael Douglas talks Ant-Man casting; says he's been "dying" to do a Marvel film

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Yesterday's news of Michael Douglas being cast in ANT-MAN as Hank Pym was a big surprise and met with a predominantly positive response. Douglas' casting matches with director Edgar Wright's original vision to have two protagonists, that being Hank Pym and Scott Lang, the second ANT-MAN, who will seemingly be portrayed by Paul Rudd. Talking to Reuters, Douglas said that doing a Marvel project was something he was keen to do.

"I've been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor's 13-year-old son) will love it. He'll have a picture he can see."

Douglas, who just took home a Golden Globe for his performance as Liberace in director Stephen Soderberg's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, elaborated on his involvment with the project, saying:

"Sometimes - like (when) they didn't see you for Liberace - you've got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun."

Personally, I think this is awesome casting. With Robert Redford adding his refined status to this year's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and now Douglas on ANT-MAN it's nice to see the veteran actors join in the fun of the leading genre in Hollywood. And why shouldn't they? These are the guys that have rolled with every other popular genre, so it makes sense that they would have their day in court with the comic book genre as well. I'm intrigued as shit to see Douglas and Rudd play off one another under Wright's direction and although there are a lot of skeptics on the inclusion of ANT-MAN in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think we've forgotten the lesson of IRON MAN, who was hardly a household name until his first big-screen adventure.

ANT-MAN hits theaters on July 31, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: What other veteran actors would you like to see jump into Marvel (or DC) big-screen pics?
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7:29AM on 01/15/2014

My feeling on his casting...

The casting of Douglas has me colored intrigued.
The casting of Douglas has me colored intrigued.
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12:47AM on 01/15/2014

Predator Team!

I don't know if I'm the only one who noticed this, and I doubt it, but watch the clip above...it's the team from PREDATOR. You see all the main characters in cartoon form. CRAZY! I don't normally watch this program, so maybe it's known to everyone, but that just made my day. Awesome.
I don't know if I'm the only one who noticed this, and I doubt it, but watch the clip above...it's the team from PREDATOR. You see all the main characters in cartoon form. CRAZY! I don't normally watch this program, so maybe it's known to everyone, but that just made my day. Awesome.
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10:35PM on 01/14/2014
Um, great veteran actors have always been in comic book films. Brando in Superman, Nicholson in Batman, Stewart in X-Men. Heck, Batman Begins alone had Oldman, Freeman, Caine, and Neeson, and that was almost a decade ago. Why are people acting like this is a recent trend?
Um, great veteran actors have always been in comic book films. Brando in Superman, Nicholson in Batman, Stewart in X-Men. Heck, Batman Begins alone had Oldman, Freeman, Caine, and Neeson, and that was almost a decade ago. Why are people acting like this is a recent trend?
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11:03PM on 01/14/2014
Brando and Nicholson were clearly in it to cash the cheques, though. That's not to say Brando was terrible in Superman or that Nicholson made a bad Joker, they just weren't entirely into it (Brando less so than Nicholson, granted). It's very interesting to read about the negotiation process with both actors, which involved both of them getting top billing even though they weren't the protagonists of the movie. I think that the superhero movie boom over the last decade and especially over the
Brando and Nicholson were clearly in it to cash the cheques, though. That's not to say Brando was terrible in Superman or that Nicholson made a bad Joker, they just weren't entirely into it (Brando less so than Nicholson, granted). It's very interesting to read about the negotiation process with both actors, which involved both of them getting top billing even though they weren't the protagonists of the movie. I think that the superhero movie boom over the last decade and especially over the last five years has made it such that great veteran actors are less afraid of this kind of material and actually actively pursue it more than was the case before, seeing that they're not only potentially lucrative but can earn them a good deal of fan approval. But you do make a very valid point about Patrick Stewart in X-Men (Ian McKellen and Brian Cox fall into that same "excellent thesp" category for me).
9:02PM on 01/14/2014
Can you imagine an actor of his stature expressing such interest in a comic book film project 25-ish years ago? Much as we might gripe about certain things that don't seem to be going the way we want, these are very exciting times for comic book fans to be at the movies.

Re extra tidbit: only a matter of time before Olivia Wilde and Sam Claflin get cast in a comic book movie of some sort.
Can you imagine an actor of his stature expressing such interest in a comic book film project 25-ish years ago? Much as we might gripe about certain things that don't seem to be going the way we want, these are very exciting times for comic book fans to be at the movies.

Re extra tidbit: only a matter of time before Olivia Wilde and Sam Claflin get cast in a comic book movie of some sort.
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10:36PM on 01/14/2014
Yes I can. See my post above.
Yes I can. See my post above.
8:24PM on 01/14/2014

Tidbit....

Edward Norton....

Nah, but really, I'm a realist.
Edward Norton....

Nah, but really, I'm a realist.
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7:20PM on 01/14/2014

Paul Rudd will be Scott Lang.

Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man costume from an older Hank Pym and uses it to break into Cross Technical Enterprises to find medicine for his daughter. That could be the heist aspect of the film that everyone's been talking about.
Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man costume from an older Hank Pym and uses it to break into Cross Technical Enterprises to find medicine for his daughter. That could be the heist aspect of the film that everyone's been talking about.
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4:25PM on 01/14/2014
Picking up on what tearlis said, if Douglas was playing a future version of Hank Pym, and Rudd, the younger version... in some kind of flash back driven story, how would that work within the Marvel cinematic universe? Would the "future" actually be the "present" time - i.e. set during the current timeline... and Rudd...would be Hank Pym in the 80's or something?

Also, I'm not an Ant Man expert but didn't Giant Man come first? Will that play any part in this movie? If so, and let’s say
Picking up on what tearlis said, if Douglas was playing a future version of Hank Pym, and Rudd, the younger version... in some kind of flash back driven story, how would that work within the Marvel cinematic universe? Would the "future" actually be the "present" time - i.e. set during the current timeline... and Rudd...would be Hank Pym in the 80's or something?

Also, I'm not an Ant Man expert but didn't Giant Man come first? Will that play any part in this movie? If so, and let’s say this timeline thing is the way they're going - you'd have thought the world would know about a guy that could grow to 60 feet tall - surely he'd have done lots of heroic things that couldn't have gone unnoticed.

Personally, I think it'd be simpler if Pym and Lang are partners in the present day cinematic universe - perhaps Douglas plays Pym - a scientist whose spent all his life trying to develop the tech to create an Ant Man and Lang is his current assistant – may be Pym dies in an attempted espionage attempt at stealing his plans which involves Lang trying out the Ant Man tech for the first time while escaping. Hang on …that sounds a little like Back to the Future's it's the Libyans scene :o)
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2:34PM on 01/14/2014
Love his positive Attitude. My anticipation for Ant-Man has now gone up!
Love his positive Attitude. My anticipation for Ant-Man has now gone up!
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2:33PM on 01/14/2014
You tell the Ironman, Hank Pym loves Anacot Steel.
You tell the Ironman, Hank Pym loves Anacot Steel.
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1:31PM on 01/14/2014

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David Bowie (he'd be great in a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel), Al Pacino, Sean Penn (this would be a dream), Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis (another dream), and Jeremy Irons.
David Bowie (he'd be great in a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel), Al Pacino, Sean Penn (this would be a dream), Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis (another dream), and Jeremy Irons.
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2:16PM on 01/14/2014
Maybe I'm biased, as a huge Bowie fanboy, but YES. Someone needs to make that happen.
Maybe I'm biased, as a huge Bowie fanboy, but YES. Someone needs to make that happen.
2:22PM on 01/14/2014
With Marvel regaining the rights to Ghost Rider, I'd love to see Bowie as Mephisto.
With Marvel regaining the rights to Ghost Rider, I'd love to see Bowie as Mephisto.
8:54PM on 01/14/2014
I also wouldn't mind David Bowie in a Marvel movie.

I seem to remember, too, that at one point Jon Favreau had Pacino in mind for Justin Hammer.
I also wouldn't mind David Bowie in a Marvel movie.

I seem to remember, too, that at one point Jon Favreau had Pacino in mind for Justin Hammer.
1:23PM on 01/14/2014
This movie is going to kick all sorts of ass.
This movie is going to kick all sorts of ass.
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1:19PM on 01/14/2014
Could Antman be the one who stole the costume and was trying to use it with criminal intent. I forgot the characters name but it wasn't Scott Lang, came after him. Maybe Marvel is going that route and he turns hero in this film. Far fetching here, but that could lead to a Thunderbolts film, Criminals playing heroes, thats a comic book angel that needs to be explored
Could Antman be the one who stole the costume and was trying to use it with criminal intent. I forgot the characters name but it wasn't Scott Lang, came after him. Maybe Marvel is going that route and he turns hero in this film. Far fetching here, but that could lead to a Thunderbolts film, Criminals playing heroes, thats a comic book angel that needs to be explored
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1:08PM on 01/14/2014
I look at it like this: Comic books have become so mainstream now that people we would have never thought of are being cast in movies/stories that was mostly concidered childish back in the 80s, 90s. My mother is 57 and is a fan of the Avengers. Something I would never have thought would happen cuz she didn't care for anything comic related. Now we have great actors and actresses being cast in comic films, Glen Close for GotG, Robert Redford in Capt America: W.S. Russel Crowe in MoS and now Mr
I look at it like this: Comic books have become so mainstream now that people we would have never thought of are being cast in movies/stories that was mostly concidered childish back in the 80s, 90s. My mother is 57 and is a fan of the Avengers. Something I would never have thought would happen cuz she didn't care for anything comic related. Now we have great actors and actresses being cast in comic films, Glen Close for GotG, Robert Redford in Capt America: W.S. Russel Crowe in MoS and now Mr Douglas in Antman. Regardless which faction you choose, Marvel or DC, one thing has to admitted, this is a great time for comic fans.
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7:27AM on 01/15/2014
Tommy Lee Jones in Cap
Jeff Bridges in Iron Man
Anthony Hokins in the Thors
William Hurt and Tim Roth in The Incredible Hulk
And thats just naming a few... The list goes on on... Great time to be a comic fan who dreamed of seeing these stories on the screen one day FOR SURE!
Tommy Lee Jones in Cap
Jeff Bridges in Iron Man
Anthony Hokins in the Thors
William Hurt and Tim Roth in The Incredible Hulk
And thats just naming a few... The list goes on on... Great time to be a comic fan who dreamed of seeing these stories on the screen one day FOR SURE!
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1:08PM on 01/14/2014

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I'd like to see a cameo by Kurt Russell as the Caucasian LMD of Nick Fury like they did in the Ultimates comic. Not only would it be fun, but it would be a nice little wink to the comic book fans out there.
I'd like to see a cameo by Kurt Russell as the Caucasian LMD of Nick Fury like they did in the Ultimates comic. Not only would it be fun, but it would be a nice little wink to the comic book fans out there.
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1:00PM on 01/14/2014
Really surprised by this since I thought every report said Paul Rudd was him. Guess it was half the truth and now that I hear this, I'm really excited. For a superhero to pass the torch to another will be fun and possible tie to Avengers 2, awesome job Marvel.
Really surprised by this since I thought every report said Paul Rudd was him. Guess it was half the truth and now that I hear this, I'm really excited. For a superhero to pass the torch to another will be fun and possible tie to Avengers 2, awesome job Marvel.
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1:13PM on 01/14/2014
For all we know. Douglas could be a future version of Pym, like he's recounting his time as Antman when he was younger, and Rudd could be playing him in his prime.
For all we know. Douglas could be a future version of Pym, like he's recounting his time as Antman when he was younger, and Rudd could be playing him in his prime.
1:22PM on 01/14/2014
Tearlis...you have a good point.
Tearlis...you have a good point.
2:34PM on 01/14/2014
Definitely a good point... either way, I think were in for something interesting in this movie
Definitely a good point... either way, I think were in for something interesting in this movie
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