Posted: Aug 21 2014
by: Neal Haworth

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First Photo of Paul Rudd as 'Ant Man'

Paul Rudd probably isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think of superheros. Nonetheless, the 45-year-old American actor is confirmed to take on the role of Marvel Comics Ant-Man in a film of the same name.

Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Ant-Man -- if released on time -- will be the 12th superhero movie in the Marvel franchise. Paul Rudd will play as Scott Lang, a petty thief who acquires a new substance that allows him to shrink in size but increase in strength. It's said that an ant can lift 5,000 times its own body weight, which is an impressive feat to say the least. With this kind of power behind Rudd/Lang, we're sure to see some awesome action sequences.

Michael Douglas will also star in Marvel Comics Ant-Man. He was recently confirmed to play entomologist and physicist Hank Pym, who invents the technology to transform into Ant-Man in 1963. Pym mentors Lang, teaching and training him to take over the laboratory. Other known cast members of Ant-Man include Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne (Pym's daughter), and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

"Ant-Man is interesting because he was one of the original Avengers, which I think people forget about. So, I like that idea in the movie universe... I also like that it's this sort of passing of the torch. There's sort of a weird mentor / pupil thing happening between Michael Douglas' character Hank Pym and Scott Lang, which Paul Rudd plays. Hank Pym used to be old Ant-Man and he is trying to find someone to be the new Ant-Man. I like that. I think that's sort of a classic Marvel Comics thing and something that we really haven't seen in that universe." said director Payton Reed.

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Some of Rudd's previous work includes:

  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
  • Clueless
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • 200 Cigarettes
  • The Cider House Rules
  • The Great Gatspy
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • Two Days
  • House Hunting
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • The Baxter
  • The 40-Year-Old-Virgin
  • Night at The Museum
  • Knocked Up
  • The Ten
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Over Her Dead Body
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Role Models
  • I Love You, Man
  • Dinner For Schmucks
  • Our Idiot Brother
  • THis is 40

Ant Man is expected to hit theaters July 17, 2015.

Do you think Paul Rudd is the right choice for Ant Man? Let us know in the comments section below!

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