Director Edgar Wright on 'Ant-Man': 'I think people will be surprised' -- let's cast the hero!

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Another day, another bread crumb of scoop from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent interview with ET, The World’s End director Edgar Wright discussed his latest project, a little Marvel movie called Ant-Man. Wright states that the Phase 3 MCU film may not be the type of superhero movie audience are expecting.

I want to make him [Ant-Man] into a badass [Laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don’t know the character sort of see that test and go, “Oh, right, I get it. It’s like an action film,” so that’s the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it’s something that I know is going to stand out because it’s got a very different story and is a very different movie.

Wright, known for action comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,  also addressed how he’ll infuse Ant-Man with humor:

Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers is funny. They’re not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it’ll be something in a similar vein to that.

Casting rumors center on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd as front-runners for the role, but Gordon-Levitt recently denied those rumors, stating, “I’m always the first to tell my fans if there’s really something happening, so if you don’t hear it from me, it’s just people spouting out rumors.” So does that leave Rudd, known for his comedic takes in movies like I Love You, Man and This is 40, as the uncontested top pick for Ant-Man?

Assuming it’s not too late to throw some additional hats in the ring, here are a few other candidates who bring the changeable comic character to life:

Alan Tudyk, a favorite among geeks including Joss Whedon, is due a big break in a leading role. A versatile actor, he can execute sharp, wise-cracking humor while still believably kicking ass and taking names. Plus, he’s played superheroes before, providing the voice for characters such as the Flash, Green Arrow, and Superman.

Another actor who could handle the gravitas and wit of the big—and small—hero is British actor Jamie Bell. While he smoothly transitioned from child star to serious film actor, he is not afraid of big budget movies, having previously featured in King Kong, Jumper, and The Adventures of Tintin.

As a wild card, why not choose someone like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World‘s Mark Webber? He’s got a knack for both comedy and drama and could bring some indie cred to the summer 2015 tentpole.

Who do you think should don the Ant-Man mask? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

Ant-Man is due out in theaters July 17, 2015.

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