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Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are the frontrunners for the lead in Ant-Man

Oct. 14, 2013by:

Marvel and director Edgar Wright are getting closer to selecting the star of ANT-MAN and the top contenders could not be more different. Variety is reporting that while another actor may be considered, the front-runners to play ANT-MAN are Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The naming of these two actors is interesting because of the strengths of both performers. Rudd is known mainly as a comedic actor and could definitely pull off the smart-ass quality of a superhero like Ant-Man. With Wright directing, you know there is a humor element for the film. Wright wrote the screenplay with Joe Cornish (ATTACK THE BLOCK) so I would think the casting of Rudd would fall in line more with Chris Pratt being selected to headline GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

On the other hand, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has proven himself as a quality actor, writer, and director with the humorous DON JON as well as excellent performances in LOOPER, INCEPTION, and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Gordon-Levitt was often named as a possible contender as the new Batman based on the ending of Nolan's final Dark Knight movie but that was eventually rebooted with Ben Affleck cast as the Caped Crusader.

Honestly, I like both choices, but it really depends on which direction you want to take the movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt could bring a Peter Parker-like quality to ANT-MAN that is missing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, he is younger and could play the role longer. Rudd, while older, definitely has the acting chops and comedic timing for the part. I would be happy to see either actor take the role.

ANT-MAN is slated to open July 31, 2015.

Source: Variety

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7:32PM on 10/16/2013
man, wtf? paul rudd is the guy that Ant-Man sees when he shrinks down to ant size. Jason Bateman is a way better choice but what the hell do I know, im just an average blue collar 9 to 5 tax paying non welfare having scum of the earth.
man, wtf? paul rudd is the guy that Ant-Man sees when he shrinks down to ant size. Jason Bateman is a way better choice but what the hell do I know, im just an average blue collar 9 to 5 tax paying non welfare having scum of the earth.
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9:51AM on 10/16/2013
If Paul Rudd is in this, does this mean one of his Apatow buddies is going to make an appearance? i feel like every movie he does always links up with at least someone from the Apatow universe.
If Paul Rudd is in this, does this mean one of his Apatow buddies is going to make an appearance? i feel like every movie he does always links up with at least someone from the Apatow universe.
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4:50PM on 10/15/2013

Rudd for Ant-Man JGL for....

Rudd would be better for Ant-Man

JGL for Dr. Strange.
Rudd would be better for Ant-Man

JGL for Dr. Strange.
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11:52AM on 10/15/2013
Love, love, love JGL... but I would rather see him do other things. Rudd would actually be great for this. Never would have thought of it, myself.
Love, love, love JGL... but I would rather see him do other things. Rudd would actually be great for this. Never would have thought of it, myself.
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10:24AM on 10/15/2013
Rudd would make an excellent Ant-Man.
Rudd would make an excellent Ant-Man.
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10:09AM on 10/15/2013

Rudd!!!

Oh, please cast Rudd as Ant-Man! I have nothing against JGL but I would like to see another actor get a shot. JGL was already in the DC Universe.
Oh, please cast Rudd as Ant-Man! I have nothing against JGL but I would like to see another actor get a shot. JGL was already in the DC Universe.
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10:00AM on 10/15/2013
Rudd please.
Rudd please.
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6:53AM on 10/15/2013

Why not both?

Since Hank Pym and Scott Lang are both in it.
Since Hank Pym and Scott Lang are both in it.
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11:16AM on 10/15/2013
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2:36PM on 10/15/2013
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6:50AM on 10/15/2013
If I can't have Rudd for Dr. Strange, I'll take him as Ant Man.
If I can't have Rudd for Dr. Strange, I'll take him as Ant Man.
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6:26AM on 10/15/2013
JGL has appeared in many big-budget action films like Inception and Dark Knight Rises, so for Paul Rudd, it would be an "out of the box casting" which is always a nice thing to see in Hollywood.
JGL has appeared in many big-budget action films like Inception and Dark Knight Rises, so for Paul Rudd, it would be an "out of the box casting" which is always a nice thing to see in Hollywood.
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1:34AM on 10/15/2013

NO FREAKING WAY!!!

So years ago, probably back in like 2009 or so, when it first seemed like there was about to be real traction on the Ant-Man film, I suggested Paul Rudd for the role in a JoBlo thread (and Natalie Portman for Wasp, this was before she was cast as Jane Foster). I don't know which article it was for so I think I'd have a tough time finding the link to prove it, but wow, shoot... that is just weird.
So years ago, probably back in like 2009 or so, when it first seemed like there was about to be real traction on the Ant-Man film, I suggested Paul Rudd for the role in a JoBlo thread (and Natalie Portman for Wasp, this was before she was cast as Jane Foster). I don't know which article it was for so I think I'd have a tough time finding the link to prove it, but wow, shoot... that is just weird.
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12:49AM on 10/15/2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I like them both, but Levitt oozes charisma in my opinion. The exact quality a flat two dimensional comic book character NEEDS to make the transition to the big screen. Rudd is great and all, but he himself is a two dimensional cartoon character.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I like them both, but Levitt oozes charisma in my opinion. The exact quality a flat two dimensional comic book character NEEDS to make the transition to the big screen. Rudd is great and all, but he himself is a two dimensional cartoon character.
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12:26AM on 10/15/2013
I like JGL, but I'm not aching to see him in another super-hero movie right now. Rudd on the other hand, would be a more inspired choice, but one that I already want to see join the Marvel Universe.
I like JGL, but I'm not aching to see him in another super-hero movie right now. Rudd on the other hand, would be a more inspired choice, but one that I already want to see join the Marvel Universe.
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11:57PM on 10/14/2013
Rudd.

If you want to cast JGL in an Avengers movie or something, cast him as Wonder Man.
Rudd.

If you want to cast JGL in an Avengers movie or something, cast him as Wonder Man.
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11:45PM on 10/14/2013
Between the two: Paul Rudd.
Between the two: Paul Rudd.
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11:00PM on 10/14/2013
Either actor works for me.
Either actor works for me.
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10:49PM on 10/14/2013
I love JGL, but for an Ant-Man movie I think casting him would be an overkill.
I love JGL, but for an Ant-Man movie I think casting him would be an overkill.
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10:29PM on 10/14/2013
Definately between the two its Paul Rudd for me.
Definately between the two its Paul Rudd for me.
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10:16PM on 10/14/2013
Paul Rudd. Period.
Paul Rudd. Period.
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10:11PM on 10/14/2013
Rudd would be great, but for one thing: I'm struggling to imagine him fighting anyone.
Rudd would be great, but for one thing: I'm struggling to imagine him fighting anyone.
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10:51PM on 10/14/2013
I've never read Ant-Man ever actually fight anyone either. Except against his ex-wife.
I've never read Ant-Man ever actually fight anyone either. Except against his ex-wife.
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10:07PM on 10/14/2013
Rudd!
Rudd!
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9:53PM on 10/14/2013
Both are good actors. Tough call but if I really have to choose, it's Paul Rudd.
Both are good actors. Tough call but if I really have to choose, it's Paul Rudd.
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9:49PM on 10/14/2013
I will be legitimately be happy with either guy. They are two of my favorite actors for different reasons. .
I will be legitimately be happy with either guy. They are two of my favorite actors for different reasons. .
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9:38PM on 10/14/2013
It's odd, I'm at odds with both choices. On one hand, Levitt has more dramatic acting chops, but he's already had a presence with Batman (although he seems better suited for Marvel). And Rudd has the comedy appeal which would definitely suit a Wright directed superhero movie. At this point, I will be satisfied with either but it would be nicer to see a potential franchise from a younger face who seems to be more box-office gold.
It's odd, I'm at odds with both choices. On one hand, Levitt has more dramatic acting chops, but he's already had a presence with Batman (although he seems better suited for Marvel). And Rudd has the comedy appeal which would definitely suit a Wright directed superhero movie. At this point, I will be satisfied with either but it would be nicer to see a potential franchise from a younger face who seems to be more box-office gold.
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9:37PM on 10/14/2013
I really enjoy Joe Levitt's work but the idea of Paul Rudd working under Edgar Wright's direction on a superhero film is awesome. I'd also like to see Nathan Fillion considered. I know his name comes up around here for just about any superhero, but he would really be a good fit here. However, if these are our two candidates, I vote for Rudd.
I really enjoy Joe Levitt's work but the idea of Paul Rudd working under Edgar Wright's direction on a superhero film is awesome. I'd also like to see Nathan Fillion considered. I know his name comes up around here for just about any superhero, but he would really be a good fit here. However, if these are our two candidates, I vote for Rudd.
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9:16PM on 10/14/2013
I guess if Chris Pratt can be a super hero why not Paul Rudd? and JGL doesn't really need this. He's already an a-list star thats taken his career in all kinds of directions so the avengers don't really need him.
I guess if Chris Pratt can be a super hero why not Paul Rudd? and JGL doesn't really need this. He's already an a-list star thats taken his career in all kinds of directions so the avengers don't really need him.
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9:16PM on 10/14/2013
I like Paul Rudd for Ant-Man, the guy has serious comic book movie leading man potential.
I like Paul Rudd for Ant-Man, the guy has serious comic book movie leading man potential.
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9:14PM on 10/14/2013
Love them both but i would prefer JGL.this guy deserves a superhero franchise.my another choice would be James McAvoy
Love them both but i would prefer JGL.this guy deserves a superhero franchise.my another choice would be James McAvoy
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8:57PM on 10/14/2013
Do you know how I know you're gay? Not signing Rudd as Ant-man
Do you know how I know you're gay? Not signing Rudd as Ant-man
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8:31PM on 10/14/2013
Wow, Rudd is inspired casting. I was instantly for it.

And I've really been warming up to JGL as Dr. Strange.
Wow, Rudd is inspired casting. I was instantly for it.

And I've really been warming up to JGL as Dr. Strange.
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8:30PM on 10/14/2013
Too bad. I was rooting for Ben Affleck.
Too bad. I was rooting for Ben Affleck.
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8:28PM on 10/14/2013
I would love if JGL got the role. Rudd would be a solid back up choice.
I would love if JGL got the role. Rudd would be a solid back up choice.
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8:22PM on 10/14/2013

Adam Brody

I absolutely love the idea of Rudd as Antman. I think Adam Brody would be cool too. It won't happen for a million reasons but I think he'd bring something unexpectedly cool to the role. But yeah, Paul Rudd!!
I absolutely love the idea of Rudd as Antman. I think Adam Brody would be cool too. It won't happen for a million reasons but I think he'd bring something unexpectedly cool to the role. But yeah, Paul Rudd!!
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8:21PM on 10/14/2013
Levitt and Rudd are two of my favorite actors and both would do a great job, but if I'm being honest, I would love to see Paul Rudd get the part. I think he would bring a lot of depth and charisma to the role and would be very inspired casting. Plus, I can see Rudd playing better off Downey Jr, Ruffalo, Evans, etc.

I really hope Rudd gets the part. If he were casted, than this film would instantly shoot up on my most anticipated solo Avenger Phase 3 film.
Levitt and Rudd are two of my favorite actors and both would do a great job, but if I'm being honest, I would love to see Paul Rudd get the part. I think he would bring a lot of depth and charisma to the role and would be very inspired casting. Plus, I can see Rudd playing better off Downey Jr, Ruffalo, Evans, etc.

I really hope Rudd gets the part. If he were casted, than this film would instantly shoot up on my most anticipated solo Avenger Phase 3 film.
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8:12PM on 10/14/2013
I came in here vowing against Paul Rudd (sorry dude!) but seeing all the positive buzz (wrong pun) I must clearly not know the character at all. So I remain open.
I came in here vowing against Paul Rudd (sorry dude!) but seeing all the positive buzz (wrong pun) I must clearly not know the character at all. So I remain open.
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8:10PM on 10/14/2013

Paul Rudd=new RDJ

Paul Rudd could be what RDJ was to Tony Stark.
Paul Rudd could be what RDJ was to Tony Stark.
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7:56PM on 10/14/2013

I really like JGL but...

I think Paul Rudd would do a great job as Ant-Man.
I think Paul Rudd would do a great job as Ant-Man.
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7:32PM on 10/14/2013
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7:32PM on 10/14/2013

Great choices

But I want Rudd, I would love to see him pull this off
But I want Rudd, I would love to see him pull this off
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7:30PM on 10/14/2013
Rudd would be an inspired choice.
Rudd would be an inspired choice.
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7:18PM on 10/14/2013
Rudd please. Not that JHL isn't a good actor, but Paul Rudd with Robert Downey Jr. both playing scientists and going back and forth with each other? Please give me that. I don't think JGL would bring anything new or all that memorable in this situation, but Paul Rudd would for sure.
Rudd please. Not that JHL isn't a good actor, but Paul Rudd with Robert Downey Jr. both playing scientists and going back and forth with each other? Please give me that. I don't think JGL would bring anything new or all that memorable in this situation, but Paul Rudd would for sure.
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7:10PM on 10/14/2013
I would love for Rudd to get it. I'm not really on the JGL bandwagon I guess he would be alright though.
I would love for Rudd to get it. I'm not really on the JGL bandwagon I guess he would be alright though.
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6:53PM on 10/14/2013

JGL

While I enjoy Rudd's work, I dont think my imagination could be persuaded that he is kicking major ass as Antman. Levitt seems like a safe choice, but im cool with it.
While I enjoy Rudd's work, I dont think my imagination could be persuaded that he is kicking major ass as Antman. Levitt seems like a safe choice, but im cool with it.
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6:51PM on 10/14/2013
Downey Jr, Ruffalo and Rudd bantering together

SOLD!!
Downey Jr, Ruffalo and Rudd bantering together

SOLD!!
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6:48PM on 10/14/2013
I really don't know anything about ant man, but I love both of these characters. My initial reaction is I'd love to see Rudd in a Wright and an action movie, and I'd love to see him next to the Avengers, but at the same time, I was really let down by the Avengers by the humor. I don't want him and Iron Man competing with one liners. But maybe that's how they were in the comics. Never read much of the avengers. Still, Marvel's still killing it with the casting
I really don't know anything about ant man, but I love both of these characters. My initial reaction is I'd love to see Rudd in a Wright and an action movie, and I'd love to see him next to the Avengers, but at the same time, I was really let down by the Avengers by the humor. I don't want him and Iron Man competing with one liners. But maybe that's how they were in the comics. Never read much of the avengers. Still, Marvel's still killing it with the casting
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6:50PM on 10/14/2013
Another thing, I'd rather Rudd get locked up in a franchise because I would think he could make his usual comedies easily in between films. I don't want that limiting JGL, so he can continue writing, starring, and directing films.
Another thing, I'd rather Rudd get locked up in a franchise because I would think he could make his usual comedies easily in between films. I don't want that limiting JGL, so he can continue writing, starring, and directing films.
6:47PM on 10/14/2013

Rudd

Personally i would love to see Rudd get it.
Personally i would love to see Rudd get it.
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6:47PM on 10/14/2013
I myself prefer Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
I myself prefer Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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6:46PM on 10/14/2013
I like the idea of Paul Rudd. I've always wanted Jason Batemen, and they are cut from a similar cloth
I like the idea of Paul Rudd. I've always wanted Jason Batemen, and they are cut from a similar cloth
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