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Michael Douglas cast as comics Avengers integral Henry Pym in 'Ant-Man'

"Ant-Man" isn't perspectively so much the smallest interesting major project Marvel is developing any longer.

First appearance occurs in this comic book issue. Creators were Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.
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With a Golden Globe win in 2014 (above) Michael Douglas adds to a film legacy that counts from his indelible career 'Falling Down', 'Traffic', 'Basic Instinct' and 'Wall Street'.
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Not with two significant talents naming up on the roster these last few weeks.

Winner of Academy Awards, SAG, Satellite Award, an Emmy and as of last week's Jan. 12th a four-time Golden Globe-recipient Michael Douglas is the larger-than-life A-Lister putting gravitas into a production with his signing on to the 2015-bound "Ant-Man".

Hank Pym is the key role this star of HBO's awards-winning "Behind the Candelabra" pens to join.

Pym arcs being a pivotal part from Marvel Comics' canon of "The Avengers". While Pym has been primarily known for his Yellowjacket masked alias, the avantgardist in science had a first appearance in Ant-Man's helmet and scarlet costumed guise crime-fighter inside 1962s Tales to Astonish.

But for movie-goers, with the upcoming Avengers sequel bearing the premising title of "The Age of Ultron" the Douglas casting for Pym underscores a comics-based chapter where the minute superhero created the android named Ultron. Down the decades-long canon for The Mighty Avengers Ultron became one of the super-team's most fiercest and story climactic foes.

"With Hank Pym's rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn't be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life."

Douglas joins actor Paul Rudd ("I Love You Man", "This is 40"), who was announced back in Dec. by Marvel to have signed on to play Ant-Man.

"When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star," said Marvel's Kevin Feige. "We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we'd ever met with about doing the work, we knew we'd found the right guy. We couldn't be more excited for our audiences to see what he's going to do to bring Ant-Man to life."

Two Pyms won't be a casting conundrum. Rudd is set to portray Scott Lang, comic book's inheritor to the dimunitive superhero's legacy.

"Ant-Man" slates premiering on July 31 in 2015.


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