'Ant-Man' Film To Stick To Origin Story From Comics, Says Kevin Feige
Comic fans will be pleased to hear that Scott Lang's origin story will be ""more or less the same as the comics," according to Movie Pilot.
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, "Ant-Man" producer Kevin Feige confirmed that while Ultron, an Ant-Man creation, has now become a creation of the Avengers, things aren't going to be altered for the upcoming film portrayal of the superhero:
"Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people's houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in."
However, as Movie Pilot notes, with two Ant-Man identities—Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)—set to be featured in the same film, and all the Marvel Cinematic Universe tying into "Ant-Man," it is possible Douglas' character will be introduced as a retiring superhero at the beginning of the film.
As for recent "Ant-Man" cast news, "Dexter" actor Matt Gerald has joined the Marvel film as "one of the bad guys," Deadline reports. Gerald briefly starred in season 7 of the Showtime series "Dexter" as Ray Speltzer, a murderer who donned horns before he killed women. Gerald has also appeared in "Avatar," "Escape Plan," "Grimm" and "Hawaii Five-O."
Former "Lost" star Evangeline Lilly also recently found her way into the cast, according to The Wrap.
Lilly had been rumored to be up for a female lead in the film since early February. She joins a cast that already features stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with "House of Cards" actor Corey Stoll, Patrick Wilson of "The Conjuring" fame and "Cesar Chavez" star Michael Pena also reportedly in discussions to join the superhero film.
Rudd will play the film's main character, who is a scientist that creates a substance that changes his size and gives him the ability to communicate with insects. A casting call leaked a couple months ago hinted that the film will be "fairly heavy on the comedy," according to Cinema Blend, which is ideal for the 44-year-old actor. As Vanity Fair notes, director Edgar Wright "excels at creating unlikely bad-asses," with Michael Cera serving as a good example for his role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
"Ant-Man" is scheduled to open July 17, 2015 and compete will Warner Bros.' blockbuster Peter Pan movie, entitled "Pan," which stars Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund. The film's debut will come after the sequel to "Avengers: Age of Ultron," meaning Rudd will not be teaming up with the Avengers team.
The superhero movie will be produced by Kevin Feige and was penned by Wright and Joe Cornish. The two also collaborated on the screenplay for "The Adventures Of Tintin."