Actor will play scientist Hank Pym

Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Ant-Man, it has been confirmed.

It had previously been thought that Paul Rudd would play the part of scientist Hank Pym in the film. However, while the actor will still take on the leading role, Marvel have revealed that Douglas will be portraying Pym, with Rudd instead taking on the part of Scott Lang. In the comic books, Pym serves as the original Ant-Man before passing on the mantle to Lang.

Speaking about Douglas’s casting, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said: “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.”

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. 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.