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Marvel's 'Ant-Man': Adam McKay in talks to direct

On May 30 Variety posted the news that Adam McKay is the top choice to replace Edgar Wright as the director of "Ant-Man," the Marvel film about a man with the ability to shrink to the size of an insect. The news comes just one week after Wright walked away from the project due to script changes. The film is still on track for a summer 2015 release, and all of the principal cast will be appearing.

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Marvel has made an offer to McKay, who has previously worked with Paul Rudd, who will play the lead role of Hank Pym. The writer and director has helmed both "Anchorman" films and is the producing partner of actor Will Ferrell. This will be his first time directing a superhero film and its unclear if he would also be involved in the script.

Wright had been developing the script since 2006 with Joe Cornish and was the obvious choice to direct the film when production got the green light. However, Marvel began to have issues with the script and had someone else pen a version. Wright was given the new story and decided to part the project over "creative differences" and the news was announced in a joint statement last Friday.

On May 31 revealed that Rawson Marshall Thurber and Ruben Fleischer were also on the short list for the director's chair. McKay is the frontrunner and the choice Marvel wants to helm what they envision as their next big franchise. "Ant-Man" will launch Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is released just weeks after "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

The film will follow scientist Hank Pym, who discovers a group of particles that allow him to shrink to the size of an ant and communicate with them. Actor Michael Douglas has landed the role of Pym, while Paul Rudd is expected to portray the role of Scott Lang who is also the pint sized superhero in the comic books.

Actress Evangeline Lilly has been cast in what is rumored to be the role of Wasp, and Patrick Wilson will play an important role that many have described as a villain. Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, and Matt Gerald are also on board to round out the cast. The film is scheduled for a July 15, 2015 release and production will begin outside Atlanta this month.

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