Michael Douglas' week is certainly off to a good start. Last night the veteran actor picked up a Golden Globe for his performance in Behind the Candelabra, and today he joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios announced this afternoon that Douglas has been cast as Hank Pym aka Ant-Man in the upcoming Phase Three film. Marvel also announced that Paul Rudd, who was previously cast in the film, will be playing Scott Lang in the film.
In the Marvel comics, Rudd's character breaks into Pym's house and steals his technology in order to save his daughter from a fatal heart condition. After the rescue is successful, Lang tries to turn himself in but Pym lets him keep the suit to be used for the purpose of good.
"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. 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," Marvel Studios President Kevin Fiege said in a press release.
Production on Ant-Man is scheduled to begin in Georgia soon.
The casting news sets up a passing-of-the-torch-type story for Marvel, a concept director Edgar Wright has mentioned before.
"The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both Henry Pym and Scott Lang. So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the '60s, in sort of Tales to Astonish mode basically and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang's story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him," Wright told SuperHeroHype.
Ant-Man is slated to arrive in theaters July 31, 2015.
Do you like the casting of Douglas as Hank Pym? Do you like the concept that Marvel and Wright are attempting to build with this film?