Paul Rudd Is Tapped To Play Marvel's "Ant-Man"Paul Rudd is Marvel's new superhero "Ant-Man," the producers announced. Edgar Wright, the director of the new film that will hit theaters in 2015, is very excited to be working with the actor.
Paul is known for his witty, comedic roles and starred in a number of commercially successful movies such as "Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues," "Anchorman," "This is 40," "I Love You, Man," "Role Models," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Our Idiot Brother," "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
His first claim to fame was as Alicia Silverstone's leading man in the 1990's hit "Clueless." He also appeared in numerous other films, television shows and primetime animation.
Paul's entrance into the production is a welcome development since the producers of the film wanted someone identified to "Ant-Man" to bring in several dimensions to the character. Paul's background suits what the management and producers want for the film.
Kevin Feige of Marvel shared that when Edgar came to them with the idea of Paul as the Ant-Man, they immediately breathed a sigh of relief because the actor was also their personal choice.
"We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy."
He added that Paul will be bringing more into the character, and the audience will surely love him for it.
Ant-Man is a character in Marvel comics that has manifested itself in several other villains and heroes such as Dr. Henry Pym, Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady. It was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby.
Ant-Man, which appeared in the Tales to Astonish #27 and #35, is believed to be associated with the Avengers, another hit film by Marvel.
Aside from "Ant-Man," Marvel will also be releasing a number of films next year such as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in April, "Guardians of the Galaxy" in August and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in May.