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Paul Rudd To Play Ant-Man. Is The World Ready For His Sweet Spandexy Dance Moves?

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | December 19, 2013 | Comments ()


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Though both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd’s names have been tossed around in connection with Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man film, it’s Rudd who is in final negotiations to play Ant-Man/Henry Pym. Though JGL certainly has comedic chops, I think we can all agree that Paul has the slight edge when it comes to comedy. Why should comedy be the primary concern in a superhero film? Well it shouldn’t. It should always come second to how good the actor will look in a clingy outfit.

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But given that JGL and Rudd are pretty much on equal, slender brunette footing there, let’s revisit the importance of that comedic element. Ant-Man, in case you didn’t know, is a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to both change his size and communicate with insects. Okay, right?

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So it will take a considerable amount of charm to ensure that premise translates to the big screen. But, generally, as the DC films descend further and further into self-seriousness (I’m looking at you, angsty, beardy Supes), Marvel is relying more and more on light-hearted fare. Starting, of course, with Robert Downey Jr.’s dry as toast Tony Stark and extending to the rest of the wise-cracking Avengers, the snide charm of Loki and our new snarky Spider-man, it’s the blend of humor and heroics that have made the Marvel universe so damn enjoyable. With the hilarious and geekily credible Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) at the helm, I have every confidence in this project. Particularly if they work in a dance sequence for Rudd.

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He’d be in good company.

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(via Variety)




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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • All I can say is that Anchorman 2 didn't have nearly as much Paul Rudd as it needed to.

  • The most exciting part of this for me is the idea of Paul Rudd and Edgar Wright doing press together, especially the podcast circuit. Make it happen!

  • Guest

    No interest, crosses another superhero off the list with this casting news.

  • Tammy

    I could not care less about an Ant Man movie, but that header GIF deserves a slow clap. And then a standing ovation. I'm fighting off a murderous post-office-holiday-party hangover at work today and that image is the only thing distracting me from how much I'd like to put my face through a wall right now.

    The moral of this story is: No martinis on a weeknight, but if you must, Paul Rudd's junk can help.

  • Bryan

    I hear he'll be showing a sneak peek the next time he's on Conan...

  • foolsage

    That's the rumor, yup. ;)

  • Daniel Lewis

    The prospect of Paul Rudd possibly showing up as an Avenger one day makes me very happy.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Great news, though I suppose that given Rudd's likability and charisma they won't portray the wife beating alcoholic side of Hank Pym.

  • Aaron Schulz

    yeah, that seems like a good idea to avoid

  • Robert Sanchez III

    Hell yes. Im excited for this. Now to make Rashida Jones or Alison Brie The Wasp and all will be right in the world

  • Mike Stevens

    I am so incredibly ready. This is an excellent casting.

  • TimeTravelMan

    The guy from Halloween 6 and Clueless? I just time traveled from the 1995 and this is the first thing I did.

  • Aaron Schulz

    are you commenting via prodigy online?

  • ellie

    Paul Rudd in spandex. It is a very merry christmas indeed.

  • Aaron Schulz

    Sploosh times two! My man crush is going to be in a superhero movie? Oh happy day, now whos gonna be Wasp? And are they also awesome?

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Rashida Jones, I hope.

  • ed newman

    Be careful what you wish for. Is there any evidence Jones can actually act? I haven't seen it on P&R or in the Social Network. I like the Alison Brie suggestion elsewhere here better.

  • Dave Dorris

    Still on the Tatiana Maslany bandwagon for that one.

  • Aaron Schulz

    i can get behind that

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