Patrick Wilson in ‘Ant-Man’ talks

Reports claim that 'Watchmen' actor is in negotiations with Marvel

Patrick Wilson is in talks to star in Ant-Man, according to reports.

The Wrap says that Watchmen and Insidious actor Wilson is in negotiations with Marvel about the possibility of starring in the film, although details of the character he would play have not been revealed.

Paul Rudd will play the lead role of Scott Lang, while Michael Douglas will portray Hank Pym. Lost and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug actress Evangeline Lily has also been linked with the project, with initial reports suggesting she will play Lang’s love interest – who is also Pym’s daughter.

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, director Edgar 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 will be released on July 15 next year (2015).