Paul Rudd And Joseph Gordon-Levitt Could Star In Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

on October 15 2013 8:11 PM
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Test footage from Marvel's upcoming film "Ant-Man," directed by Edgar Wright. Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios may have rocketed to success with conventional superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America, but the studio’s onscreen heroes are about to get a lot weirder with 2015’s “Ant-Man.” While no leading man has been announced yet, Variety reports that Paul Rudd and Joseph-Gordon Levitt have emerged as frontrunners to play the shrinking superhero.

Superhero movies tend to cast beefy strongmen in their lead roles (see Chris Hemsworth in “Thor”), but “Ant-Man” seems to be taking the opposite approach by considering Rudd and Gordon-Levitt. After all, what could be more different from Thor’s biceps than Paul Rudd’s grinning face?

Considering that “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright is well-known for his action comedies “Shaun of the Dead” and “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” it makes a little more sense that Wright might want to go in a different direction. Still, nothing has been confirmed either way, so "Ant-Man" might still end up as the standard superhero after all.

In the original Marvel comics, a few characters have taken on the "Ant-Man" mantle. Scientist Hank Pym was the first to wear the Ant-Man costume after he discovered the mysterious “Pym particles” that would allow him to shrink and grow at will. After Pym switched codenames to the somewhat-less-ridiculous Yellowjacket, an upstart thief by the name of Scott Lang stole his Ant-Man suit and took over as Marvel’s resident resident shrinking Avenger.

Rumor has it that early versions of the “Ant-Man” script, co-written by Wright and “Attack the Block” director Joe Cornish, had both Hank Pym and Scott Lang becoming Ant-Man, potentially allowing for both Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to fight crime.

Recently, Marvel Studios has been mining the weirder side of the Marvel Comics world for its feature-length films. Next year marks the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring “Parks and Recreation” lead Chris Pratt as a spacefaring warrior accompanied by a talking raccoon wielding a machine gun, and a sentient tree-being who is only capable of saying “I am Groot.” Now that an Ant-Man film is on the table as well, it might not be long before we hear an announcement for an NFL SuperPro movie.

“Ant-Man” has been given a tentative July 31, 2015, release date.