This Marvel character may be small in size, but the star power of the actors attached to play him sure aren’t.
As reported by Variety, two actors are currently in contention to play the title role in Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man film: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd. The former recently directed and appeared in this year’s Don Jon, and the latter is known as being a regular collaborator with Judd Apatow. Kicking off Marvel’s “Phase 3” line-up of films following the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the movie is heading into production now that director Edgar Wright has become available, as evidenced by a behind-the-scenes photo he had posted on Twitter. Ant-Man is set to be released July 31, 2015, in what is sure to be a packed summer for blockbusters.
I have to say, these picks are great. Both Gordon-Levitt and Rudd have the looks and charisma to play a superhero, and they’ve proven to be competent actors in their fields of work for the past few years. Seeing that someone of Edgar Wright’s stature is directing this, the film has the potential of having a comedic touch supplied by his snappy editing and humor, and both actors can easily be seen adapting to that style. Going by most of the Apatow productions, Rudd would be a fantastic choice to give off that sort of tone and be heroic, what with his delivery of lines and his likeable persona. As for Gordon-Levitt (or JGL, as the kids call him), I haven’t yet gotten around to films like (500) Days of Summer or even Don Jon to see how well he plays a comedic role, but I have so much faith in the rest of his acting capabilities that it hardly matters. Honestly, I’d be fine with either of these two being cast in the role, and they each would be another big-name actor worthy of being welcomed into the family of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What do you guys think? Which of these two would you like to see as Ant-Man? Do you have anyone else in mind? Post your thoughts in the comments below.