Just days after news broke that Michael Douglas would play Hank Pym in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man adaptation, Michael Pena is now being considered as an addition to the cast.
Though Marvel has denied they’re in talks, Michael Pena (End of Watch, Gangster Squad) would make a welcome addition to the cast. Wright’s signature hyper-kinetic, self-referential style would benefit from a character actor such as Pena who can lend a sense of cooky humor or twisted warmth. Wright has said that he is approaching the film with a much more comedic tone than other Marvel films have in the past and casting Paul Rudd as Scott Lang – the second character to bear the name Ant-Man – only solidifies that assumption.
Recently, the casting of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym – the creator of the technology Scott Lang steals to become the titular hero – raised some eyebrows. Marvel president Kevin Feige went on record defending the choice of Douglas as Ant-Man’s original alter-ego. Additionally, Variety reports further casting considerations could have Paul Rudd’s I Love You, Man co-star Rashida Jones as a possible choice for the female lead, who may or may not be Janet van Dyne - but that that is not confirmed at this time.
As we await confirmation on Pena’s casting in the film, reports and speculations are already surfacing that he may be playing “Castillo”, who will allegedly be the film’s villain during an opening ’60s sequence which sees Hank Pym (Douglas) as Ant-Man, fighting against communism. The Hollywood Reporter stated recently that:
“Marvel had been on the lookout for what insiders describe as a “tough Latino” who has to be ready for a lot of physical play.”
Though casting is still being decided, Wright will most likely be taking a ‘nostalgic’ approach to the story, allowing for a prologue set in the past with Douglas’ Hank Pym mixed with a modern present-day story with Rudd’s Lang.
Ant-Man is on track to begin filming in April and will arrive in theaters on July 31, 2015.
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