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.