Marvel has reportedly shrunken the list of actors who they would like to see play the titular role in “Ant-Man” down to two people.
Variety reported yesterday that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd have emerged as front-runners for the role in the film adaptation of Marvel’s comic. Although Gordon-Levitt has since denied the speculation as “rumors,” casting announcements should be made soon, as Marvel recently bumped up the film’s release date to July 31, 2015. Variety also reported that there’s a “remote possibility” another actor could emerge as a top candidate.
Whether it’s Gordon-Levitt or Rudd, the casting rumors seem to indicate a lighter and more comedic tone for the project, at least compared to action-heavy spectacles of other Marvel projects like the sequels to “Thor” and “Captain America.” Edgar Wright co-wrote and is directing the “Ant-Man” movie and his previous film’s, “Shaun of the Dead” and “The World’s End,” have seamlessly integrated comedy with horror and science-fiction, respectively.
Wright will likely take a similar multi-pronged approach to the “Ant-Man” story. In the comics, Ant-Man is the alter-ego of Dr. Henry Pym, a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to shrink down to small sizes or turn himself into a 50-foot giant. He also has the ability to communicate with insects. The character has been reimagined several times over the course of his career, most recently as a wiseacre who uses his powers for a variety of selfish interests.
If that’s going to be Wright’s take on the material, then Rudd and Gordon-Levitt, both of whom are appealing comedic actors, would certainly be well-cast.