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Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym in Ant-Man, confirming Paul Rudd will be Scott Lang

Jan. 13, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Fresh off of his Golden Globe win for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, Michael Douglas will follow Robert Redford as a veteran Hollywood star joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, where Redford is playing a non-hero, Douglas will be none other than ANT-MAN himself! Deadline broke the news that Douglas would be joining ANT-MAN as Hank Pym, the titular hero. Many supposed that Rudd would be Pym, but this all but cements that he will actually be playing Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man in Marvel comic history.

Marvel head Kevin Feige broke the news today on Marvel's website:

”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,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in the post. “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.”

Director Edgar Wright previously hinted that while Hank Pym would appear in ANT-MAN, he shied away from actually saying he was the Ant-Man the movie would focus on. This does add an interesting wrinkle and leaves open the door for a potential ANT-MAN prequel with a different actor as a younger version of Hank Pym.

The dynamic of two characters who are both the same hero has not been explored in any Marvel films to date. The closest in any superhero movie could be Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, but even that was not a central part of the film. I think this will give a very unique mentor relationship to the film that we have not seen before. Douglas is, of course, an amazing actor and will do a cool job as Hank Pym.

ANT-MAN is slated to hit theaters on July 31, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Could Douglas appear in THE AVENGERS sequel as part of Tony Stark's experiments that lead to the creation of Ultron?
Source: Deadline

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4:00AM on 01/15/2014
Awesome!
Now Marvel/Disney please give us Clint Eastwood as the Punisher and I'll be even more happy! Ok, I kid, but a part of me is being serious about Eastwood.
Awesome!
Now Marvel/Disney please give us Clint Eastwood as the Punisher and I'll be even more happy! Ok, I kid, but a part of me is being serious about Eastwood.
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10:23PM on 01/14/2014
This really blew my nips off when I read it. Keep it up Marvel!
This really blew my nips off when I read it. Keep it up Marvel!
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7:36PM on 01/14/2014

Awesome casting

I don't know Ant-Man (outside of AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES) but Edgar Wright was enough to get me interested. Michael Douglas is legendary for always bringing his A-game whatever the role, so I'm sure he'll knock this out of the park. I'm seriously buzzed for this movie.
I don't know Ant-Man (outside of AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES) but Edgar Wright was enough to get me interested. Michael Douglas is legendary for always bringing his A-game whatever the role, so I'm sure he'll knock this out of the park. I'm seriously buzzed for this movie.
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7:11AM on 01/14/2014

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd...

Marvel does it again. Michael F-ing Douglas. Are there no boundaries to the calibre of actors that Marvel can get hold of....Redford, Jones, Douglas ....what next...Eastwood???? WB's...are you watching? That all said, I don't know Ant-Man outside of the stuff in the Ultimates and the animated efforts (i.e. there's only Hank Pym)...so have no clue how good this will be.
Marvel does it again. Michael F-ing Douglas. Are there no boundaries to the calibre of actors that Marvel can get hold of....Redford, Jones, Douglas ....what next...Eastwood???? WB's...are you watching? That all said, I don't know Ant-Man outside of the stuff in the Ultimates and the animated efforts (i.e. there's only Hank Pym)...so have no clue how good this will be.
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7:00AM on 01/14/2014

Brilliant casting

Love Michael Douglas...and as I am not really "into" Ant-Man, I think this was a brilliant move. Now, for the first time, I actually want to see it!
Love Michael Douglas...and as I am not really "into" Ant-Man, I think this was a brilliant move. Now, for the first time, I actually want to see it!
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1:08AM on 01/14/2014
That's out of left field and I have no complaints. Michael Douglas as the mentor in a superhero film? Sounds very cool. I like where Wright is taking this and we haven't even seen all that much from it.
That's out of left field and I have no complaints. Michael Douglas as the mentor in a superhero film? Sounds very cool. I like where Wright is taking this and we haven't even seen all that much from it.
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9:23PM on 01/13/2014
Love the casting. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING about this film has been flawless and sounds great. I've said it once and I'll say it again, this will be a huge game changer for Marvel and for other comic book films alike.

Who would have thought that Edgar Wright, Paul Rudd, and Michael Douglas would contribute with one another on a superhero film...let alone a superhero film on Ant Man. Too much excitement and joy to even think clearly.
Love the casting. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING about this film has been flawless and sounds great. I've said it once and I'll say it again, this will be a huge game changer for Marvel and for other comic book films alike.

Who would have thought that Edgar Wright, Paul Rudd, and Michael Douglas would contribute with one another on a superhero film...let alone a superhero film on Ant Man. Too much excitement and joy to even think clearly.
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9:07PM on 01/13/2014
Love it!
Love it!
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8:39PM on 01/13/2014

paul rudd and liberace?

this is going to be hilarious.
this is going to be hilarious.
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8:01PM on 01/13/2014
Catherine Zeta-Jones as the Wasp?
Catherine Zeta-Jones as the Wasp?
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12:15PM on 01/14/2014
Hahaha... Just thought about it, myself...
Hahaha... Just thought about it, myself...
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7:31PM on 01/13/2014
I'm sad that they've gone this route with Hank, I would have liked Antman to be hank and have wasp in there, but somethings are outta our hands. That being said having Douglas play an older hank is quite interesting and makes me more curious and more excited to see how they put all of this together.
I'm sad that they've gone this route with Hank, I would have liked Antman to be hank and have wasp in there, but somethings are outta our hands. That being said having Douglas play an older hank is quite interesting and makes me more curious and more excited to see how they put all of this together.
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7:19PM on 01/13/2014
An unexpected casting choice, I admit, but Michael Douglas is a very versatile actor. I'm sure he can handle the role nicely.
An unexpected casting choice, I admit, but Michael Douglas is a very versatile actor. I'm sure he can handle the role nicely.
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7:13PM on 01/13/2014

I don't think this is a bad idea

Obviously Marvel has been comfortable "reinventing" characters for their cinematic universe. I don't know too much about Ant-Man, but I understand Hank Pym to be more or less an asshole. I think the guy who played Gordon Gecko can get that across.
Obviously Marvel has been comfortable "reinventing" characters for their cinematic universe. I don't know too much about Ant-Man, but I understand Hank Pym to be more or less an asshole. I think the guy who played Gordon Gecko can get that across.
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7:03PM on 01/13/2014
I was really hoping for Hank Pym to be a member of the Avengers a la the Ultimates. I want to see him be a dick, feel like everyone thinks he's a loser, get embarrassed trying to fight the Hulk as Giant Man, smack the Wasp around a little bit, and have Steve Rogers beat the shit out of him for it. Everyone likes Paul Rudd. They'll all just sit around eating schwarma again and be best buddies. You gotta spice it up, man!
I was really hoping for Hank Pym to be a member of the Avengers a la the Ultimates. I want to see him be a dick, feel like everyone thinks he's a loser, get embarrassed trying to fight the Hulk as Giant Man, smack the Wasp around a little bit, and have Steve Rogers beat the shit out of him for it. Everyone likes Paul Rudd. They'll all just sit around eating schwarma again and be best buddies. You gotta spice it up, man!
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8:14PM on 01/13/2014
That sounds awful. Pym in the Ultimate universe was a waste of a great character.
That sounds awful. Pym in the Ultimate universe was a waste of a great character.
10:05PM on 01/13/2014
So was the "Ultimate" universe.
So was the "Ultimate" universe.
6:40PM on 01/13/2014
I just added Michael Douglas + Edgar Wright + Marvel which resul..*BOOM*....head explosion of awesomeness.
I just added Michael Douglas + Edgar Wright + Marvel which resul..*BOOM*....head explosion of awesomeness.
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5:35PM on 01/13/2014

Too soon.

The Marvel Universe on film is too new to have Lang as Ant Man. You might as well have made the Avengers with Wolverine, Luke Cage, and Spider-Man. Having Pym be old does not fit. And it will mean we never get WASP, unless it's as an old woman. Bad decision.
The Marvel Universe on film is too new to have Lang as Ant Man. You might as well have made the Avengers with Wolverine, Luke Cage, and Spider-Man. Having Pym be old does not fit. And it will mean we never get WASP, unless it's as an old woman. Bad decision.
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5:49PM on 01/13/2014
Wasp is too good of a character to get screwed over - hopefully they'll switch things up and have a young Janet Van Dyne team with Lang Instead of Pym. Joss Wheadon has gone on record as being a huge fan of Wasp, so I wouldn't be surprised if she ended up with a big role in Avengers 3.
Wasp is too good of a character to get screwed over - hopefully they'll switch things up and have a young Janet Van Dyne team with Lang Instead of Pym. Joss Wheadon has gone on record as being a huge fan of Wasp, so I wouldn't be surprised if she ended up with a big role in Avengers 3.
5:55PM on 01/13/2014
The Marvel Universe has a publication history dating back to the 60s. They aren't redoing the world as movies, they are adapting it. So 50+ years of stories are going to get some nips and tucks to work. And it absolutely does not mean we won't get Wasp, considering we almost has Wasp without Pym in the first place.
The Marvel Universe has a publication history dating back to the 60s. They aren't redoing the world as movies, they are adapting it. So 50+ years of stories are going to get some nips and tucks to work. And it absolutely does not mean we won't get Wasp, considering we almost has Wasp without Pym in the first place.
5:31PM on 01/13/2014

dude

Eric O'Grady!
Eric O'Grady!
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5:05PM on 01/13/2014

Ok, now this is getting a bit too much

While this is fine, it's not really that big a news cos it's only going to be a secondary character, it needs to be addressed now so it can stop. They are going after too many high profile, well-known actors for these movies now. Robert Redford looks too much like Robert Redford but since the thing is already done, I'll make my peace with that. But to have Michael Douglas in these movies? The early movies were great because the actors weren't well-known or weren't that big, save for Samuel L.
While this is fine, it's not really that big a news cos it's only going to be a secondary character, it needs to be addressed now so it can stop. They are going after too many high profile, well-known actors for these movies now. Robert Redford looks too much like Robert Redford but since the thing is already done, I'll make my peace with that. But to have Michael Douglas in these movies? The early movies were great because the actors weren't well-known or weren't that big, save for Samuel L. Jackson, but he is Sam Jackson in almost everything, you can forgive that kind of casting. But if you cast Robert Redford or Michael Douglas, you're going to see Robert Redford or Michael Douglas. It's a secondary role, maybe it won't be too distracting. Big name stars just don't go off well in smaller parts. Some friends of mine are sure 'Expendables 3' is going to be a disaster cos Harrison Ford is in a supporting role. This has gotta stop. Big name stars are too distracting, they take focus away from the movie.
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5:27PM on 01/13/2014
So...Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Jeff Bridges, Edward Norton, Hugo Weaving and more, weren't high profile before they joined the Marvel films?

Silly argument to dislike this.
So...Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Jeff Bridges, Edward Norton, Hugo Weaving and more, weren't high profile before they joined the Marvel films?

Silly argument to dislike this.
6:53PM on 01/13/2014
Um you do realize that Anthony Hopkins was in Thor as a supporting character.
Um you do realize that Anthony Hopkins was in Thor as a supporting character.
8:35PM on 01/13/2014
so i guess every robert redford and michael douglas movie is ruined for you?
so i guess every robert redford and michael douglas movie is ruined for you?
5:02PM on 01/13/2014
ET: I like the way that you think. Yes, let us have Pym participate in Ultron's creation. Maybe, Hank Pym and Howard Stark created blueprints that Tony unwisely follows.
I am very happy that Pym appears in the Ant-Man movie. Frankly, Marvel does not have a legitimate Avengers Universe without Pym. Wasp is the next step. We have Cap, Shellhead, Hulk, Thor, Jarvis, and Hawkeye already. There are only perhaps a few more characters who are absolutely essential Avengers. Wonder Man? Black Knight?
ET: I like the way that you think. Yes, let us have Pym participate in Ultron's creation. Maybe, Hank Pym and Howard Stark created blueprints that Tony unwisely follows.
I am very happy that Pym appears in the Ant-Man movie. Frankly, Marvel does not have a legitimate Avengers Universe without Pym. Wasp is the next step. We have Cap, Shellhead, Hulk, Thor, Jarvis, and Hawkeye already. There are only perhaps a few more characters who are absolutely essential Avengers. Wonder Man? Black Knight? Rick Jones?
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4:55PM on 01/13/2014
Looking forward to hearing Michael Douglas explain how Pym Particles work.
Looking forward to hearing Michael Douglas explain how Pym Particles work.
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4:46PM on 01/13/2014

Awesome

It reminds me of The Mask of Zorro where Anthony Hopkins (the old Zorro) had to train Anronio Banderas (the new Zorro).
I'm surprised by this news. In a good way that is.
It reminds me of The Mask of Zorro where Anthony Hopkins (the old Zorro) had to train Anronio Banderas (the new Zorro).
I'm surprised by this news. In a good way that is.
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4:33PM on 01/13/2014

Actually...

There has been a comic book movie where they've explored the subject of two characters who are both the same hero : in Watchmen ! With Night Owl and also with Silk Specter. Great news, though
There has been a comic book movie where they've explored the subject of two characters who are both the same hero : in Watchmen ! With Night Owl and also with Silk Specter. Great news, though
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6:40PM on 01/13/2014
I thought the same thing when I read that.
I thought the same thing when I read that.
7:20PM on 01/13/2014
Great example!
Great example!
12:21PM on 01/14/2014
Thaannnk youuu !!
Finally...
Thaannnk youuu !!
Finally...
4:28PM on 01/13/2014

Dig the casting....

............but I was holding out hope that Simon Pegg would be announced as one of the Ant-Men. I definitely see where they are going with Douglas though. Either way I'm totally on board with this movie. I recently saw The World's End for the first time and after the crazy fun fights Wright pulled off I'm down for whatever he has planned for Ant-Man
............but I was holding out hope that Simon Pegg would be announced as one of the Ant-Men. I definitely see where they are going with Douglas though. Either way I'm totally on board with this movie. I recently saw The World's End for the first time and after the crazy fun fights Wright pulled off I'm down for whatever he has planned for Ant-Man
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4:34AM on 01/14/2014
Simon Pegg has repeatedly announced that he would not appear in Ant Man. He is even quoted as stating that if he would strongly advise Edgar Wright not to try and cast him.
Simon Pegg has repeatedly announced that he would not appear in Ant Man. He is even quoted as stating that if he would strongly advise Edgar Wright not to try and cast him.
4:04PM on 01/13/2014

He's not going to be a "Villain" per-se.

There's not really a villain in the movie, it's been described as a heist film. Scott Lang historically steals the suit in the first place, I'm going to assume that Pym would want that suit back.
There's not really a villain in the movie, it's been described as a heist film. Scott Lang historically steals the suit in the first place, I'm going to assume that Pym would want that suit back.
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4:04PM on 01/13/2014
Excellent casting, Marvel just seem to know exactly what they are doing when it comes to casting, this film just shot to the top of must see list
Excellent casting, Marvel just seem to know exactly what they are doing when it comes to casting, this film just shot to the top of must see list
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4:02PM on 01/13/2014
Oh shit, this is interesting
Oh shit, this is interesting
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3:56PM on 01/13/2014

Villain?

"Douglas would be joining ANT-MAN as Hank Pym, the titular hero..." In a few other places where I saw this news, they've claimed Douglas is playing Pym, who will be the villain. Now, I'm not a comic-reader by any means so I'm not entirely sure the ramifications of this, but there it is. Villain, not hero.
"Douglas would be joining ANT-MAN as Hank Pym, the titular hero..." In a few other places where I saw this news, they've claimed Douglas is playing Pym, who will be the villain. Now, I'm not a comic-reader by any means so I'm not entirely sure the ramifications of this, but there it is. Villain, not hero.
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4:02PM on 01/13/2014
Yellowjacket?
Yellowjacket?
4:06PM on 01/13/2014
It might be antagonist, not necessarily villain, like how a cop is always the "villain" of a heist movie.
It might be antagonist, not necessarily villain, like how a cop is always the "villain" of a heist movie.
3:55PM on 01/13/2014
This is actually a fairly good choice. It makes a lot of sense with the rookie being trained to replace the former.
This is actually a fairly good choice. It makes a lot of sense with the rookie being trained to replace the former.
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3:54PM on 01/13/2014

Wow

Marvel seriously isn't playing games when it comes to casting big names these days. This is exciting news. I wonder if we'll get a chance to see a young Hank.
Marvel seriously isn't playing games when it comes to casting big names these days. This is exciting news. I wonder if we'll get a chance to see a young Hank.
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3:52PM on 01/13/2014
Wow. Love Douglas. I really hope this doesn't mean Wasp is getting the shaft though.
Wow. Love Douglas. I really hope this doesn't mean Wasp is getting the shaft though.
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3:51PM on 01/13/2014
I like this casting
sounds like similar plot of Mark of Zorro - or any other old retired hero trains the theif/criminal to take up his mantle movie
Hopefully Edgar Wright can make it more than that though
I like this casting
sounds like similar plot of Mark of Zorro - or any other old retired hero trains the theif/criminal to take up his mantle movie
Hopefully Edgar Wright can make it more than that though
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3:48PM on 01/13/2014
This is a shocker
This is a shocker
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