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This casting call may reveal the tone and identity of Edgar Wright's Ant-Man

11.12.2013

As rumors swirl that Paul Rudd, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Rashida Jones may be up for roles in Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN, we continue to try and figure out which version of the Marvel character will be at the center of the long awaited Marvel hero's big screen debut. Edgar Wright has described his take on the story as a super-powered heist movie and mentioned that Hank Pym would appear in the film but didn't go so far as to call him the main character. This led to many speculating that Scott Lang would be ANT-MAN in the film.

Bludhaven Banter has uncovered a casting call for an untitled Marvel film which they are theorizing is ANT-MAN based on the roles and the timing fitting with the upcoming production for the movie. The source of the casting call also brought the original news that Dave Bautista was cast as Drax in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. So, while not concrete, there is support for these ideas. Here is the listing for the roles being sought:

[Young Girl] Submit ages 6-9, intelligent, appealing

[Male] 30s, Asian, Huge, tough and intimidating, comedic ability

[Male] 30s, Caucasian, over 6′, dangerous and rough, comedic

[Male] 50s, Italian-American, scary and unusual features, deadpan humour

[Male] 30s – 40s, Russian, wiry and smart, deadpan humour

[Male] 20s or 30s, under 5’8″, edgy and funny

First off, if this is ANT-MAN, we can assume that Wright is aiming for the comedic tone that all of his films have featured. Every role is described as funny, deadpan, or comedic which is fine by me. Comic Book Brain Splatter theorizes that the young girl fits with Cassie Lang, daughter of Scott Lang, whose illness triggers the theft of Hank Pym's suit and therefore becomes the second ANT-MAN. This could mean that both Rudd and Gordon-Levitt (or another actor if he truly is not in the film) could be playing both Pym and Lang in the same film. While another actor could play Pym and Rudd is taking the Lang role, I think the first theory fits better. That way you get two superheroes for the price of one and it always allows one actor to exit the series and the other can don the suit.

Either way, I like the idea of Pym and Lang in the movie as it is a dynamic we have not really seen in a major studio superhero movie: two characters passing the same persona from one to another. We shall see once the roles all get filled just exactly what ANT-MAN will be all about.

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

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Extra Tidbit: If only one ANT-MAN will be in the movie, would you prefer Pym over Lang? Lang over Pym?

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9:18PM on 11/13/2013

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They should not have made Guy Pierce the Mandarin.... because in my book, he IS Hank Pym
maybe they can still fix it.....either His Character from Iron man 3 becomes good (did he die? cant remember) or His Twin Brother reveals himself as Hank Pym.......hated his twin brother anyway and doesnt care that he died.

Make It Happen!
He should Also be Lex Luthor in the DC universe.

They should not have made Guy Pierce the Mandarin.... because in my book, he IS Hank Pym
maybe they can still fix it.....either His Character from Iron man 3 becomes good (did he die? cant remember) or His Twin Brother reveals himself as Hank Pym.......hated his twin brother anyway and doesnt care that he died.

Make It Happen!
He should Also be Lex Luthor in the DC universe.
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3:31PM on 11/13/2013
If this pans out (Rudd, JGL as both Ant-Men, Jones as Wasp) it could surpass the enjoyment factor of the first Iron Man - no easy feat. But with Wright directing it's more than possible.
If this pans out (Rudd, JGL as both Ant-Men, Jones as Wasp) it could surpass the enjoyment factor of the first Iron Man - no easy feat. But with Wright directing it's more than possible.
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9:04AM on 11/13/2013

Paul Rudd for Lang!!!

Sounds great. I have a lot of love for that manchild and I think he could pull off a great Lang. The only problem is if they do have Pym, he must have been AntMan at one point so why wasn't he featured in anything up to this point? He was just doing his own thing with the suit? Maybe he could be in an episode of that horrible Shield show.

I don't really care. I just want to see Paul Rudd come face to face with Robert Downey Jr and the rest of the avengers crew.
Sounds great. I have a lot of love for that manchild and I think he could pull off a great Lang. The only problem is if they do have Pym, he must have been AntMan at one point so why wasn't he featured in anything up to this point? He was just doing his own thing with the suit? Maybe he could be in an episode of that horrible Shield show.

I don't really care. I just want to see Paul Rudd come face to face with Robert Downey Jr and the rest of the avengers crew.
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11:56PM on 11/12/2013
Wright's first script had Pym and Lang. Marvel didn't buy it. But here we are.
Wright's first script had Pym and Lang. Marvel didn't buy it. But here we are.
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10:30PM on 11/12/2013
A 'super-powered heist movie' suggests Lang will be our Ant-Man. Which will leave Pym to become Giant-Man/Goliath perhaps. Hope that's how it works out.
A 'super-powered heist movie' suggests Lang will be our Ant-Man. Which will leave Pym to become Giant-Man/Goliath perhaps. Hope that's how it works out.
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8:40PM on 11/12/2013
It'll be interesting to see how Edgar Wright writes a kid sidekick.
It'll be interesting to see how Edgar Wright writes a kid sidekick.
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7:12PM on 11/12/2013
I wonder if they're going to introduce the Wasp. Considering that she is part of the involvement when he creates Ultron
I wonder if they're going to introduce the Wasp. Considering that she is part of the involvement when he creates Ultron
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5:00PM on 11/12/2013

Pymp Articles

This is potentially even better than just Pym. Earth's Mightiest Avengers did a great job of introducing Ant-Man again, as that character changed throughout the series. Lang as assistant to Pym, who sees drastically different uses for tech. The criminal to save daughter is an old trope but can be affective. Lang pushes the tech to the limit, showing Pym the power and danger if used by others, dons the suit after Lang saves his daughter and retires to be with cured daughter. Or more likely, Lang
This is potentially even better than just Pym. Earth's Mightiest Avengers did a great job of introducing Ant-Man again, as that character changed throughout the series. Lang as assistant to Pym, who sees drastically different uses for tech. The criminal to save daughter is an old trope but can be affective. Lang pushes the tech to the limit, showing Pym the power and danger if used by others, dons the suit after Lang saves his daughter and retires to be with cured daughter. Or more likely, Lang is double crossed by partners and is saved by Pym who has been at odds with Van Dyne for being too pacifist. Now great post credit would be Pym testing enlarging maybe just hulk height. Then bombshell reveal that it was only 10% capacity.
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4:45PM on 11/12/2013

Keep your panties on, both Pym and Lang are in it.

As for the tone, Edgar Wright's best quote about it is "it's not unfunny" but it's not a piss-take either.
Let's be honest here, who would want an Ant-Man movie with grit anyway?
Morons, morons do.
As for the tone, Edgar Wright's best quote about it is "it's not unfunny" but it's not a piss-take either.
Let's be honest here, who would want an Ant-Man movie with grit anyway?
Morons, morons do.
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3:30PM on 11/12/2013

Should be Pym

if they wanna use Lang save it for a second movie, Pym isn't a character to throw anyway and not really use, and I have to imagine Marvel feels the same, as he is a founding Avengers member,
if they wanna use Lang save it for a second movie, Pym isn't a character to throw anyway and not really use, and I have to imagine Marvel feels the same, as he is a founding Avengers member,
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2:25PM on 11/12/2013
All I know is that I can't wait and I can't see anyone else but Paul Rudd playing him.
All I know is that I can't wait and I can't see anyone else but Paul Rudd playing him.
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1:02PM on 11/12/2013

Pym

I'm honestly not that familiar with Ant-Man but the version I usually see is Pym. Plus wouldn't having it focus on Pym open up the door for adding Wasp?
I'm honestly not that familiar with Ant-Man but the version I usually see is Pym. Plus wouldn't having it focus on Pym open up the door for adding Wasp?
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1:02PM on 11/12/2013
Quick, someone get Yao Ming on the phone!
Quick, someone get Yao Ming on the phone!
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1:01PM on 11/12/2013
I don't see how you can just gloss over Hank Pym as Ant-Man to introduce Scott Lang. Regardless of who you prefer as Ant-Man, I think we can all agree that there should be at least one introductory film for Pym as Ant-Man. Perhaps in the sequel they can pass the torch to Scott Lang and Pym can be relegated to Avengers movies as Yellowjacket or something. But don't just skip over that area of the character story to introduce the character you want to write about.
I don't see how you can just gloss over Hank Pym as Ant-Man to introduce Scott Lang. Regardless of who you prefer as Ant-Man, I think we can all agree that there should be at least one introductory film for Pym as Ant-Man. Perhaps in the sequel they can pass the torch to Scott Lang and Pym can be relegated to Avengers movies as Yellowjacket or something. But don't just skip over that area of the character story to introduce the character you want to write about.
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1:26PM on 11/12/2013
I disagree. At this point the last thing I want to see is another labored step by step day one origin story. I like Hank Pym, but I get he's smart and created something awesome. I dont want to see an entire second act of him tinkering in the workshop and getting into pitfalls as he fine tunes the suit. Been there done that. The Lang heist is such an opportune time to try and differentiate between all the costumed fighter movies besides what color their costume is that are flooding the market. I
I disagree. At this point the last thing I want to see is another labored step by step day one origin story. I like Hank Pym, but I get he's smart and created something awesome. I dont want to see an entire second act of him tinkering in the workshop and getting into pitfalls as he fine tunes the suit. Been there done that. The Lang heist is such an opportune time to try and differentiate between all the costumed fighter movies besides what color their costume is that are flooding the market. I think its also unfair to assume that because its not Hank Pym's origin story that they are skipping him or not doing him justice. Its possible to have good character development as a supporting player.
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