Variety is reporting that the female lead in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man may have been found. Marvel have been searching for a female lead to join Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena for some time, and names which have already been mentioned include Olivia Munn, Eva Longoria and Rashida Jones. However, it now sounds as if Marvel are eyeing Evangeline Lilly for the as yet unspecified female lead.
Lilly shot to fame with her role as love interest Kate Austen in the awesome TV series Lost, and since then has appeared in Real Steel, and got her first taste of big budget productions by appearing in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Joining Ant-Man will be a huge boost to her career, and I am sure fans of Ant-Man will not be complaining of Lilly’s gorgeous looks in the film!
Rumours are saying that she will be playing the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the love interest of Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). As the trade notes, Pym doesn’t have a daughter in the comics, but it’s entirely possible that screenwriters Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish are changing things up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the story. THR adds that Lilly’s role is not intended to be a one-off, meaning she would very likely recur in further Marvel movies.
Edgar Wright is directing the superhero film with Kevin Feige producing. Wright also co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish. Production is set to start in April.
Ant-Man is released on July 17th 2015, and will be the next Marvel movie after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This makes sense as Henry Pym does have connections with Ultron. In the comics, Pym was a founding member of The Avengers along with his girlfriend and crime-fighting partner, Janet Van Dyne, aka Wasp. Together, they took on a number of bad guys on their own, but played a big part in taking down Pym’s own robotic creation, Ultron, when it developed a taste for rebellion.
Variety also reports on a possible scenario for Wrights film, which is yet to reveal an official synopsis:
In the comics, the character’s alter-ego is Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size and communicate with insects. One scenario that was rumored when Wright first came on is that he would focus on the later years of Ant-Man and add the character Scott Lang, a crook who steals Pym’s technology and becomes the new Ant-Man.
Wright is directing the film, and Joe Cornish has written the script. Ant-Man is due to arrive in cinemas on July 17th 2015.