Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man has been in development for years, and opting to direct The World’s End first, Wright is now all set to begin filming on his tiny superhero movie for Marvel. The script is finished, the film has a release date of July 31st 2015, filming begins next year, but so far no stars have been attached.
However, there is a rumour going around that Wright may be closing in on his leading man. Variety reports that both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are frontrunners for the role of Hank Pym. Pym is a scientist who develops a substance that allows him to shrink to the size of an Ant at will.
The report says that Wright is looking for a “normal looking actor” to play the role, and not some burly action hero. Gordon-Levitt and Rudd fit the bill perfectly, and both are set to meet with Wright and Marvel execs for a final time to negotiate the role. However, it has not been ruled out that a another actor could end up playing the role.
While no plot details have been revealed for the film, Marvel President Kevin Feige offered up his own words of wisdom back in May:
We’ve talked about various names over the past eight years but as you can imagine they keep changing as time goes by. But towards the end of this year, we’ll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script, which is great and which is very Edgar. He has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics, but is putting his own spin on it. So we’ll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one.”