October 15, 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paul Rudd 'front-runners' to star in Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' movie
New Marvel superhero movie from the director of 'Hot Fuzz' is due to arrive in cinemas in July 2015
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are reportedly now front-runners to star in Marvel's forthcoming Ant-Man film, which is being directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, The World's End).
According to Variety, there is a "remote possibility" that another actor could beat them to the role but at present, Gordon-Levitt and Rudd are definitely the "main contenders". Each actor is apparently expected to meet with Wright and Marvel executives one more time before a final decision is made.
Earlier this month (October) Wright tweeted a photo from the set of the superhero movie, essentially confirming that pre-production work has now begun.
As well as directing, Wright co-wrote the film's script with Joe Cornish, also his collaborator on the screenplay for The Adventures Of Tintin. Ant-Man has been scheduled to open in US cinemas on July 31, 2015 - just two weeks after the Batman v Superman movie - but its UK release date has yet to be confirmed.
The character of Ant-Man made his Marvel comic book debut in 1962 but has never appeared on screen before. In the books he is the superhero alter ego of Dr Hank Pym, a scientist who invents a shrinking serum that makes him insect size. Once miniature, he is able to solve mysteries and take out bad guys.
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