It's official: someone is going to be cast as the lead in Marvel's big screen "Ant-Man." Which sounds pretty vague, but according to sources over at Variety, it's down to two choices — either Joseph Gordon Levitt, or Paul Rudd — or possibly a third choice. Or maybe none of those choices.
We don't know a lot about this movie, is what we're saying.
What we do know is that the potential casting of JGL or Paul Rudd definitely tips the direction of "Ant-Man" in two very, very different ways — despite Variety characterizing the two choices as "every-man" actors.
With Joseph Gordon Levitt, you're getting more of a good, honest stand-up guy. JGL has played around with comedy, but a through-line of all of his roles is an earnestness that worked well with, say, John Blake in "Dark Knight Rises."
With Paul Rudd, you're getting a wise-ass, someone who is a bit of a jerk, but lovable and charming at the same time. This, if anything, seems far more in line with what we've heard about the "Ant-Man" movie... In the comics, Hank Pym invents a suit that can shrink, grow, and occasionally allow him to talk to ants. Then that suit is stolen by Eric O'Grady, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who uses it to basically spy on women in the shower — before he takes a very slow road to redemption.
That said, there's a third Ant-Man in the comics, a thief named Scott Lang (who gets name-checked in the Variety article), and he walks the line between total jerk, and earnest hero. He's a character either of these actors might fit well.
And speaking of thirds, what about that mysterious third choice? For a while, Simon Pegg, a long-time collaborator of "Ant-Man" director Edgar Wright, was rumored for the role. Based mostly on the fact he was seen pointing at Ant-Man during a visit to Marvel's offices in New York. Pegg later denied he was playing the part, and instead was just shouting out to his friend Wright's movie. Still, Peg has to be in the mix somewhere.
Last option? How about a guy named Chris? Marvel has shown a fondness for guys named Chris, casting Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Chris Pratt as Starlord in the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy." Seems a shame not to keep up the trend and cast a Chris as Ant-Man. Maybe Chris Pine? Or Christian Bale? Or dare we suggest... Christopher Lloyd?
Whichever actor Marvel chooses, we should be hearing soon enough. The movie hits theaters on July 31, 2015, and pre-production has already begun.