It’s not really a name that strikes fear into the hearts of super-villains everywhere, which is probably one of the reason’s he’s one of Marvel’s lesser know superheroes, but the Ant-Man film is on its way in 2015, and with very little else from the comic book giant during the summer months, action hero movie lovers will have to get into the insect-like powers of Scott Lang. With the ability to shrink in size, but increase his strength significantly, Lang isn’t exactly the archetypal crime fighting force, but with Paul Rudd in the lead role, Ant-Man is shaping up to be anything but conventional.
The Marvel Studios action adventure has been confirmed for a US and UK release date of the 17th July 2015, with general distribution from their new parent company Disney, which acquired Marvel Entertainment back in 2009. If Guardians Of The Galaxy or Avengers are anything to go by, Ant-Man should be a visually impressive movie that works well in 3D, so you might want to take that into account when you’re planning to catch the film later in 2015.
The release follow’s Marvel’s other big 2015 cinema outing with Avengers: Age Of Ultron‘s release date on the 25th April, giving the Ant-Man film a clear window to go for the summer blockbuster crown. It’s chances are boosted by the fact that Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice won’t be coming out until April 2016 and the other big contender, Jurassic World hits the cinema a month earlier than the shrink-tastic Marvel movie.
The plot follows that of the comic book series that it has been adapted from, bringing two of the main incarnations of Ant-Man together right from the beginning of what will probably go on to be a series of films similar to that of Thor and Iron Man. In the comic books, Hank Pym is the original Ant-Man, who goes on to be replaced by petty thief Scott Lang and that a progression that’s retained in the film with Pym becoming Lang’s mentor and harnessing the power of his Ant-Man technology to give Lang the ability to shrink and multiply his strength to superhuman levels.
With threats from a number of sources, who all want to harness the power for their respective debatable gains, the two must forge a new force to combat the morally questionable front runners. In and amongst all of this, Lang must also pull off a robbery with the help of his science genius mentor and his newfound power suit to save the world, so he’s got a lot on his plate, despite his often diminutive size.
Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) takes on his first big action hero role as the eponymous Ant-Man, Scott Lang, with a similar move from the Marvel casting that saw fellow comedy actor Chris Pratt playing Star Lord in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Rudd is supported by Romancing The Stone, Wall Street and Basic Instinct legend Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) in the role as mentor Doctor Hank Pym, along with Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies) as Pym’s daughter and Lang’s love interest Hope Van Dyne.
The cast also includes Corey Stoll, who you might recognise as Ernest Hemingway in Midnight In Paris, as the questionable head of Cross Technology Enterprises, Darren Cross, who manages to create an equivalent suit to Ant-Man’s called Yellowjacket. Michael Peña (Fury (2014)), Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine) and Judy Greer (Jurassic World) also star in the film, along with David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), Wood Harris (Dredd), John Slattery (Iron Man 2) and T.I. (American Gangster).
Peyton Reed (Yes Man) has gone on to direct the movie, taking over from Edgar Wright, who had previously been earmarked to be in the director’s chair for the film. Kevin Faige, president of Marvel Studios, is as ever the producer for the movie, with Russell Carpenter (Titanic) taking on cinematographer duties and Sheppard Frankel (Horrible Bosses) as the production designer.
Costume design is by Sammy Sheldon Differ (X-Men: First Class), visual effects supervised by Jake Morrison (Thor: The Dark World), stunt coordinated by Jeff Habberstad (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and special effects overseen by Dan Sudik (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers). The editors include Dan Lebental (Thor: The Dark World) and Colby Parker Jr. (Hancock). Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers of the film.
Filming began on the 18th August 2014 with principle photography in San Francisco, although the majority of the production is being shot in Atlanta, Georgia.
If the Ant-Man film can capture some of the genius of Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers then it should be another fun action hero outing from Marvel Studios. We’re looking forward to seeing the cast in action, especially Rudd, Lilly and Douglas, who should make a pretty cool team. From the look of the picture above, Rudd has clearly been working on his darker side, so if he can harness that, along with his comedy acting skills, then he should go on to be as good an action hero as Chris Pratt turned out to be.