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Marvel's 'Ant-Man': Michael Douglas cast as Hank Pym

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On Monday, January 13 Marvel broke the news that actor Michael Douglas has been cast as Hank Pym in "Ant-Man," which will be a heist movie that focuses on the life of the pint sized superhero. Pym is a scientist who creates a serum that makes him shrink to the size of an insect. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 31, 2015.

In a statement, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that Douglas was cast in the role because "we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves." The actor has experienced a successful and diverse career in film, winning an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Wall Street" in 1987 and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra" which was released on HBO last year.

Director Edgar Wright has previously mentioned that the upcoming action film would feature both Hank Pym, the creator of "Ant-Man" and Scott Lang, who portrayed the superhero after Pym's retirement. Actor Paul Rudd was cast as Scott Lang early last month. It was hinted that the film will feature Lang stealing the suit from Pym just like in the comic books.

The film will launch Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Production will begin in May with filming take place in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Georgia. The film will have tough competition at the box office as other superheroes films like "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Batman vs. Superman" are released.

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