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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