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With Paul Rudd On Board as 'Ant-Man,' Edgar Wright's Vision for the Marvel Film Comes Into Focus

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2013 at 2:02PM

Now that Paul Rudd has officially been cast as "Ant-Man" in Edgar Wright's upcoming Marvel film, a few things are coming into focus. This casting suggests that Wright is going for a comedic tone -- not too surprising.
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Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd

Now that Paul Rudd has officially been cast as "Ant-Man" in Edgar Wright's long-in-the-works Marvel film, a few things are coming into focus. This casting suggests that Wright is going for a comedic tone -- not too surprising.

Ant-Man
Ant-Man

Wright mentioned the other night at a "Gravity" party that he felt obligated to do this summer's "The World's End" first for Working Title. Wright was also waiting for VFX to catch up to his vision of the superhero -- he mentioned at Comic-Con that he'd been making Ant-Man "one inch at a time."

Meanwhile, Marvel president Kevin Feige released a statement about the hiring of Rudd, who the company contends had always been the first choice 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. 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.”

"Ant-Man" is hitting theaters July 31, 2015.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.