Despite some speed bumps, Marvel Studios has begun principal photography on Ant-Man. Director Peyton Reed and team are up in San Francisco today to embark on the important task of introducing Ant-Man to mass audiences. The production will also be shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out the official plot synopsis and cast after the break.
As we know Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man; Role Models) is starring as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man; Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra; Wall Street) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym aka the original Ant-Man; and Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Lost) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp (not included in this adaptation), also known in the Marvel Comics world as Stinger.
Ant-Man also has a long list of actors including Corey Stoll (House of Cards; The Bourne Legacy), Bobby Cannavale (Danny Collins; Annie; The Long Play), Michael Peña (End of Watch; American Hustle), Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness), Judy Greer (13 Going on 30; Archer), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight; Prisoners), Wood Harris (Remember the Titans; The Wire), John Slattery (Mad Men; Iron Man 2), Gregg Turkington (The Comedy; On Cinema), and T.I. (American Gangster; Takers).
Peyton Reed is definitely excited to get this project underway:
As one of the founding members of The Avengers, I will be keeping a close on exactly how they treat this new timeline of Hank Pym and Scott Lang’s origin story. Originally, Hank Pym founded The Avengers with Iron Man, The Wasp, Thor, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk. I can only assume that with John Slattery’s involvement, Marvel has brought him back to play Tony Stark’s father again to help create The Avenger’s initiative with Nick Fury. Which makes me ponder whether or not T.I. or Wood Harris might have been cast to play a young Nick Fury?
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Ant-Man, courtesy of Marvel Studios:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
On the production side, the press release also offers the names of the movers and shakers behind the scenes:
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic; 21), production designer Sheppard Frankel (Identity Thief ;Horrible Bosses) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (X-Men: First Class; Kick Ass), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Thor: The Dark World; The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Iron Man 3; X-Men: Days of Future Past) and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (Captain America: The Winter Soldier; The Avengers). The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Thor: The Dark World; Iron Man) and Colby Parker Jr. (Lone Survivor; Hancock).
Ant-Man is set to release in the United States on July 17, 2015. Also in Marvel’s queue is Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28, 2017.