In what can only be looked at as a jaw-dropper, Marvel Studios has announced that Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym in the Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie.
Just a couple weeks ago, Paul Rudd was cast in Ant-Man, but the role wasn’t specifically stated – only that Rudd will “star” in the movie.
Now with this announcement it is also official that Paul Rudd will be Scott Lang.
Here’s the official word from Marvel.com on Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd:
Michael Douglas to Star as Hank Pym in Marvel’s Ant-Man
The Oscar-winning actor joins the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man, in theaters July 31, 2015!
Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest–or should that be tiniest?–shoes of his career.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” hitting theaters July 31, 2015.
“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”
The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in “Wall Street,” has also starred in numerous modern classics including “Basic Instinct,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Game,” “Wonder Boys,” “Traffic” and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including “Romancing the Stone,” John Carpenter’s “Starman” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film “Behind the Candelabra.”
Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.