Variety reports Marvel has narrowed down its list of contenders for the title role in Edgar Wright’s 2015 film, ANT-MAN. While another actor could be added to the mix, Marvel’s current favorites are Joseph Gordon-Levitt (DON JON) and Paul Rudd (THIS IS 40). Both actors are expected to meet with Marvel Studios executives and Wright one more time prior to a decision being made.
Gordon-Levitt has been on Marvel’s radar since the casting for Star-Lord in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY last year. With THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY forever sealed, Gordon-Levitt’s superhero dance card is open. Perhaps he will consider the chance to work with Edgar Wright on something a little less conventional too good to pass up.
Rudd is a little more surprising, but probably shouldn’t be. With Wright directing, ANT-MAN is going to be at least as comedic in tone as the IRON MAN films and likely more so. Rudd can obviously bring the funny and the possibility of him trading lines with Robert Downey, Jr. in a third AVENGERS film is quite appealing.
Expect a Marvel press release in the coming weeks, if not days.
UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has dismissed yesterday’s Variety report as nothing more than a rumor, as far has his own involvement is concerned. During a press interview in France for DON JON, Gordon-Levitt told AlloCine there was nothing to talk about (translated from French by The Playlist).
There are always rumors. I talk a lot about my future projects, so if you haven’t heard me talk about it, it means it’s nothing but a rumor. People like to write about [rumors].
Gordon-Levitt was more direct in denying auditions and screen tests for the role as, “nothing but lies.” It is possible Gordon-Levitt could have met with or taken a phone call from Marvel. He could still even be Ant-Man at some point, but at the very least, a deal seems far from imminent.
As of yet, there has been no response from Paul Rudd or his camp regarding the Variety report. Perhaps he’s the one true Pym.