Marvel has announced today that Michael Douglas will be playing iconic character Hank Pym in its upcoming Ant-Man film.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in Marvel’s announcement of the casting said, “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” and were “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.”
Considering the actor’s age and the fact that Paul Rudd will be playing Scott Lang in Ant-Man (who also held the Ant-Man moniker in the comics), it seems unlikely Douglas will be wearing the suit and shrinking to have a chat with some insects. One does wonder how big of a role Douglas will have in this film and possibly in future Marvel pictures (especially considering the statement by Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon that Hank Pym will not be included in the sequel despite the fact that in the comics Pym was Ultron’s creator).
This will be the first super-hero movie in Douglas’s storied career, which includes roles in Fatal Attraction, Wall Street (for which Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role), The War of the Roses, Basic Instinct, and Traffic. Most recently, Douglas starred in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra as famous singer Liberace (a role which earned him an Emmy Award) and the comedy film Last Vegas.
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