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January 24, 2014

New release date for 'Ant-Man' revealed

Superhero film to hit cinemas on July 17, 2015

New release date for 'Ant-Man' revealed

Marvel's Ant-Man film has been given a new release date, it has been revealed.

The film, which is directed by Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World filmmaker Edgar Wright, was originally set to open in cinemas on July 31, 2015. However, according to Variety, Marvel's other big blockbuster project – the forthcoming superhero mash-up Batman vs Superman – has now been pushed back to 2016, allowing Ant-Man to take its previous release slot of July 17, 2015.

It was recently revealed that Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Ant-Man. It had previously been thought that Paul Rudd would play the part of scientist Hank Pym, but Marvel have confirmed that Douglas will be portraying Pym, with Rudd instead taking on the lead role of Scott Lang. In the comic books, Pym serves as the original Ant-Man before passing on the mantle to Lang.

The character of Ant-Man made his Marvel comic book debut in 1962 but has never appeared on screen before. Speaking previously about his plans for the film, Wright said he was eager to bring his own sensibilities and idiosyncrasies to the Hollywood project. "I think there will be some elements of my previous movies in there, and I think that's why Marvel wanted me to do it in the first place," he stated. "I don't think they hired me to do something completely anonymous. So it's fun – it's got lots of new elements. I'm excited about it."

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.

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