Over the last few months Paul Rudd‘s name has kept coming up as the one Marvel was most interested in for the role of Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s upcoming film about the mighty tiny hero. In the last 24–48 hours, Rudd’s name has become even more attached to the role. According to some, including The Hollywood Reporter, Rudd has been chosen by Marvel to play Ant-Man.
No where have I read any official statement from Marvel Studios and/or Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios confirming this news yet. Paul Rudd himself has denied this more so lately too. So until an official statement is given, lets just keep this in the rumor column. Ant-Man is directed by Edgar Wright and will be released on July 31, 2015. (Source: THR)
Paul Rudd Set to Star in Marvel’s Ant-Man
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!
The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.
“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”
Rudd brings a diverse background to the role having become one of the industry’s most known actors with a reputation for smart, funny and creative performances. Rudd can currently be seen in “Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues,” as well as past roles in “Anchorman,” “This Is 40,” “I Love You, Man,” “Role Models,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” among numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.