Paul Rudd as Ant-Man?
December 19th, 2013
03:30 PM ET

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man?

If all you wanted for Christmas were some intriguing casting rumors, we're just sorry that we weren't able to gift-wrap this one.

According to reports, Paul Rudd is in early talks to join Marvel's team of superheroes as Ant-Man.

Initially the speculation swirled around Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but industry trade Variety notes that Rudd was also a front-runner in casting discussions.

If it comes through, the likable Rudd - known for his comedic and romantic work - will bring to life Dr. Hank Pym, a scientist who invents a size-altering substance that also helps him communicate with insects.

For Entertainment Weekly, the casting would make perfect sense, given that whomever plays Ant-Man has to have a sense of humor but is also strong enough to make Ant-Man's power seem cool in a world of super-strong heroes.

We could see either Rudd or JGL filling the role, but it looks Gordon-Levitt has his hands full with an adaptation of "Sandman."

Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead"; "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World") is already on board to direct the feature from a script written by Joe Cornish, and the movie already has a release date of July 31, 2015.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Meh

    Hooray for the next best dumbest idea award.

    December 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. To the Ant-Mobile!

    Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na ANT-MAN!

    December 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. but then...

    Ant man would of course have a tiny thing, but he could lift ten times his weight in poo ntang with it.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Richard

    Is he going to be obnoxious and will it be set in a typical Rudd obnoxious New York setting? Isn't he going to play another "high powered" publicist or newspaper person, you know, the DYING professions that people who make movies about New York still think are vital?

    December 20, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Egon

      Which of his movies had that 'typical New York' setting? This is 40 was in California, same as the Ron Burgundy movies. Role Models was also set out west. 40 Year Old Virgin had him working as a salesman in an electronics store. Please elaborate on your point.

      December 20, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • MerryKristen

      I love you man was set in LA and he was a real estate agent. I guess Our Idiot Brother was set in New York, but he certainly didn't play a professional. He was a professional in How do you Know – but I don't think that was set in New York.

      However, I do get your complaint. I find movies and television shows set in New York are often unrelatable. Most of America just doesn't live that way – and that includes most people who live in New York.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ant Man. . ,

    . . . sounds like an Adam Sandler movie.

    December 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jake

    Uh, forth.
    This movie sounds like a cross between Honey I shrunk the kids and Bugs life.

    December 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. First

    1st. #1. Numero Uno.

    December 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |

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