There is a lot of Marvel news coming out this week with the release of Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s trailer, and Marvel’s Phase 3 films. Now, we have our first big casting decision regarding the first film in Phase 3: Ant-Man. Schmoes Know is reporting that Paul Rudd (Anchorman) is very close to signing on to star as Hank Pym. Not only that but it looks like his I Love You, Man co-star Rashida Jones might be joining him as his love interest, Janet van Dyne (first reported by SuperheroMoviesNews).
Previously, it was reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paul Rudd, and a third unnamed actor was in the running to play Ant-Man, while Jones was Marvel’s top choice because of her chemistry with the other actors. I believe Marvel has chosen the pairing of Rudd and Jones because of their time together on I Love You, Man.
Of course, keep in mind that this is not official yet and anything can happen, but Schmoes Know is quick to point out that this is not just a rumor but a “very active development within Marvel’s camp”.
With the casting decision of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, this puts the total of comedic actors turned superhero at three: Paul Rudd, Chris Evans and Chris Pratt. For those that question the casting decision of comedic actors in superhero roles should know that comedic actors have the easiest time transitioning to drama because of their natural timing ability. In the final Breaking Bad panel at Comic-Con, series creator Vince Gilligan has said that the reason he chose Bryan Cranston (whose previous work was Malcolm’s dad in Malcolm in the Middle) was the perfect choice for Walter White.
I think comedy is a lot harder to do than drama… If they have the chops to do comedy, if they have that natural timing, those internal rhythms, you can’t teach someone that. You either have it or you don’t.
This is not to say that you can put ANY comedic actor in a dramatic role (see: Dane Cook), you need to cast the right actor for the role and Paul Rudd seems to be the right choice for Ant-Man. Paul Rudd has a history of playing sarcastic, wise cracking characters, which looks like the direction Edgar Wright is taking with the character. In my opinion, he’s just right for the part and such an inspired choice. Oh and don’t forget that Marvel, so far, has a great track record when casting their lead roles.
So what do you think? Do you like the idea of Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones reuniting to play Hank and Janet? Sound off in the comments section below!
Ant-Man shrinks into theaters July 31st, 2015.