Marvel Studios Begins Production on ANT-MAN
San Francisco just got more interesting today as Marvel Studios began principal photography on their newest upcoming superhero franchise, Ant-Man. The movie’s future came into question two months ago, when the original director, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) left Marvel over “differences in creative vision.” Then there were the exits of actors Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerald and Kevin Weisman for various reasons. Finally, things seem to be moving along with the film’s new director Peyton Reed (Bring it On, The Break-Up). Ant-Man will also shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
First appearing on the color pages of Marvel Comics in 1962, Ant-Man is a special kind of superhero armed with the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Paul Rudd plays a con-man named Scott Lang who must embrace his destiny as a hero and fight against a coming threat. With help from Dr. Henry Pym (Michael Douglas), Lang’s mentor and the original Ant-Man, Scott has to protect the world by pulling off a daring heist.
Also starring is Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Lost) as Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym’s daughter. Her last name might seem familiar to Marvel fans. She has the same name as Janet Van Dyne, whom we know in the comics as The Wasp as well as Pym’s wife at some point. Not much information has spilled about Lily’s character, but if the franchise continues, there’s a great chance we could see her don a costume of her own.
The film also includes Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, John Slattery, Gregg Turkington, and rapper T.I.
The film is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are serving as executive producers.
Ant-Man is set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015.