Yesterday we received news that came out of nowhere that two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. Now speaking with Reuters, Douglas spoke about what drew him to the project:
“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”
Fresh off the heels of his Golden Globe victory for Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Douglas also said that he wants to surprise both the studios and audiences:
“Sometimes – like (when) they didn’t see you for Liberace – you’ve got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun.”
Since comic book movies are known for sequels and Douglas has only done two sequels in his career spanning more than 4 decades, 1985’s The Jewel of The Nile and 2010′s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the actor teased about his involvement in future Ant-Man sequels:
“(Marvel) reciprocated well, there are sequels. Who knows?”
Edgar Wright is directing from a script that he has co-written with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). So far it stars Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd.
The film, which will launch Marvel’s Phase Three, will hit theaters on July 31st, 2015.