Evangeline Lilly Joining ‘Ant-Man’?

The 'Hobbit' and 'Lost' veteran is in talks to play the female lead in Marvel's first Phase Three film.

After six years trapped on an island, and two films spent in Middle-Earth, actress Evangeline Lilly has her eyes set on another fantastic world: the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Variety reports that the “Lost” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” actress is in early talks with Marvel Studios to join “Ant-Man,” the upcoming Phase Three kick-off directed by Edgar Wright. If she signs on, she’ll appear alongside the previously confirmed Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym .

Of course, “if” is still part of the equation here; casting tends to be fluid where Marvel movies (or any big-budget property, really) is concerned. Until Marvel confirms Lilly in an announcement, it’s best not to consider her locked for the role — after all, as others have pointed out, Lilly has proven picky with her roles since “Lost” ended.

It’s worth noting, however, that Lilly was once courted for “Wonder Woman,” back in the days of “Lost.” In other words, Lilly has proven interest in the superhero genre — and if that interest is still alive, there are few better masters in the superhero genre than Marvel Studios.

Beyond the question of her participation, there are questions about the character Lilly is lined up to play. Variety describes her as “the female lead,” and notes that “insiders say she would play the daughter of Pym (Douglas) and Lang’s love interest.”

At first glance, that description seems to rule out the popular theory of Janet Van Dyne, also known as the Wasp — considering Janet is Hank’s wife (or ex-wife, as it were) in the comics, not his daughter. But the Marvel team has changed things up on more than one occasion in the past, whenever the need arises. My bet is that fewer people would complain about Janet’s origin change, than they would about Janet being excluded from the film altogether.

Whoever Lilly is up for, it appears that she’s being approached for more than just “Ant-Man.” The Hollywood Reporter‘s take on the news mentions that Lilly’s role “is not intended to be a one-off appearance.” Is it possible, then, that if Lilly is playing someone of Wasp’s caliber, fans could see her as early as next summer’s “Avengers” sequel? Consider my fingers crossed.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hits theaters on July 17, 2015.

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