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'We're the Millers' Rawson Marshall Thurber in the running to direct 'Ant-Man'

Rawson Marshall Thurber attends the European premiere of 'We're The Millers' at Odeon West End on August 14, 2013 in London, England.
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According to The Wrap on Friday, director of "We're the Millers" and its future sequel Rawson Marshall Thurber is being considered as a replacement to Edgar Wright to direct "Ant-Man." At this point, he's considered the frontrunner for the project. He's also known for his earlier comedic film "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" starring Vince Vaughn. There was a rumor going around about "Guardians of the Galaxy's" James Gunn replacing Wright, but Gunn vehemently debunked it in a "curse-fest" on Twitter.

Other directors are being considered as well. The runner-up would be "Zombieland's" Ruben Fleischer, however, he's recently had a child with his wife Holly Shakoor Fleischer. She's also a publicist. That being said, he's rather likely to be reluctant to take on such a large commitment. He's also been thought to direct "Ghostbusters 3" for Sony, but that's something not so nearly on the horizon.

Next rumored to be in line for the "Ant-Man" director's chair would be Adam McKay. However, he has a directing-style synonymous to that of improvisation which is out of the wheel house for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though he has worked with the star of the Marvel Studios film, Paul Rudd, he also has a lot on his plate with other projects such as Gary Sanchez films and other self-made pursuits.

Thurber seems to be a likely contender because of his ability to be open to Marvel Studio's notes and visions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, with "We're the Millers" grossing a financial global success of $269 million and his low-budget "Dodgeball" film bringing in a good $167 million worldwide, chances are there's a likelihood of success and profit for "Ant-Man." So it would seem if Marvel goes by the way of historical data of directors with a pattern logical of their success, things may bode well for "Ant-Man." Just like the premise of "Dodgeball", it will be more of a true-life underdog story.

"Ant-Man" is still scheduled for theaters come July 17, 2015.

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