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Disney needs a new 'Ant-Man' director: An imaginary pitch

Two weeks ago, news broke that Edgar Wright would no longer be directing Ant-Man. This was a surprise for many reasons. Wright had been developing the movie, in one form or another, for close to a decade. The film had already lined up an impressive cast, including Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas as various Ant-Men and Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp. Reports circulated that Wright departed the project over creative differences with the studio, including an unsatisfying script rewrite. Marvel began searching for a new comedy-friendly director, but both Adam McKay and Rawson Thurber passed. With the release of Ant-Man just 13 months away, the whole project appears to be in jeopardy.

Disney is still trying to find a new director — supposedly Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland fame. If that fails, they’ll need to find another director. As it happens, EW managed to obtain an exclusive transcript of Disney executives pitching a potential director on the Ant-Man job. It begins: READ FULL STORY

'Ant-Man' casting: Who is Patrick Wilson playing? -- THEORIES

News broke yesterday that Conjuring star Patrick Wilson is in talks to join Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, Marvel’s summer 2015 blockbuster about the little superhero with the big heart or whatever. Wilson has been on a bit of a roll lately, playing James Wan’s go-to horror guy in Conjuring and the Insidiouses, but a role in Ant-Man would be a return to the blockbuster-action milieu of Watchmen (where he played a good guy) and The A-Team (where he played a bad guy). There’s no official word on who Wilson would be playing, but let’s make a few guesses here: READ FULL STORY

So what are the chances that Evangeline Lilly is playing the Wasp in 'Ant-Man'?

So Evangeline Lilly might be playing a key role in Ant-Man: Good news all around! Lilly is still best known for her work on Lost, where she managed to make Kate into an appealing heroine despite the fact that the show never figured how to give her good flashbacks. (Or flashforwards.) (Or flash-sideways.) (Spoiler alert?) But she was a lot of fun playing Human Female in Real Steel, and by all accounts was good as Elf Female in 2 Hobbit 2 Smaug. She throws a mean right hook. She was in a movie that won Best Picture. It makes sense that Marvel would want to hire her.

But what, exactly, are they hiring her for? Variety thinks she’s playing the daughter of one Ant-Man and the lover of another (Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, respectively.) There’s not really a character like that in the comic books — further proof that the Edgar Wright project will depart considerably from the source material. But there is a love interest central to the Ant-Man mythology: The Wasp, a.k.a. Janet Van Dyne. Born to a wealthy New York family, The Wasp was originally conceived as a wacky mid-century socialite, and although she eventually became a bit more serious, that never stopped her from changing her costume practically on a monthly basis. Basically, she started out as Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby but then became Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. READ FULL STORY

Paul Rudd is the Ant-Man we need and deserve

UPDATE: Paul Rudd will star in Ant-Man.

ORIGINAL POST: Reports ran wild Wednesday that Marvel was about to cast Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, the first new superhero of the post-Avengers 2 era. To the layman, it probably sounded a bit funny. The last few Marvel heroes have trended young and buff: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America. Even Chris Pratt went all Brad-Pitt-in-Troy once he got the lead role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Paul Rudd is one of those actors who doesn’t seem to age, but that’s partially because he seemed like an old soul — he’s always been a wry forty-something, even when he was in Clueless.
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Director Edgar Wright on 'Ant-Man': 'I think people will be surprised' -- let's cast the hero!

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:
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