Merely a week after being told that Paul Rudd will indeed be starring in Edgar Wright’s highly-anticipated Ant-Man for Marvel, playing Scott Lang, we get word that none other than Hollywood legend and Liberace himself, Michael Douglas, has joined the film to play Hank Pym, the originator of the Pym Particles and the creator of the shrinky-dink technology.
In the comics, Hank Pym is renowned for being a violent spousal abuser, and there was some question as to whether the notoriously upbeat film franchise would go down such a dark path with its lead character. Turns out, no, they won’t. Rudd will be playing Scott Lang, who is a reformed thief who picks up the Ant-Mantle from Hank Pym, who can go ahead and be a wife beater, I guess, because he’s not the lead anymore.
From Marvel’s website, here’s what Marvel Entertainment Chieftain Kevin Feige had to say about the casting: “With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves. We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”
Ant-Man will be in theaters here in the United States of America on July 31st, 2015. We’ll be sure to hydrate a pizza before riding our hoverboard to see it. What do you think of this news? Are you happy or unhappy about Pym being a shady older man? Let us know in the comments below, yo.