Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have emerged as the front-runners to play the lead in “Ant-Man,” Marvel Studios’ tiniest hero. Sources say that the two actors are expected to have another interview with Marvel execs before a final verdict is reached.
That casting scoop, however, may come as news to one of the actors as they try to zero in on a couple of big names to fill the boots of the main character.
Gordon-Levitt called the report false hours later during an interview with France’s Allocine Tuesday. “It’s always rumors,” the actor, in the country to promote his directorial debut, “Don Jon,” told the outlet. “I talk about my future projects, so if you don’t hear it from me, it’s probably not true.”
Director Edgar Wright is plowing full speed ahead on the project, taking to Twitter earlier this month to tease a pre-production shot of an unidentified man in Ant-Man’s signature helmet on a green screen set.
Despite the 32-year-old Gordon-Levitt’s experience in the superhero genre with last year’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” he shares a pedigree with Rudd, 44, that would make either a good fit for “Ant-Man,” which is reported to lean as much on comedy as action.
“It’s going to be absolutely brilliant,” Wright’s friend Simon Pegg, who had earlier denied rumors he was circling the role himself, told The News in August. “All I will say is it’s brilliant.”
Ant-Man, aka size-changing scientist Dr. Henry Pym, is an original member of the Avengers in the comic books, but has been obscured by his taller peers like Iron Man and Thor on the big screen.
The studio, however, seems to have enormous plans for him. Marvel recently bumped up “Ant-Man’s” release date from Nov. 6, 2015 to July 31, 2015 to battle with the big boys in a crowded summer slate of movies.
The summer of 2015 is already packed with Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the “Man of Steel” sequel which will pit Henry Cavill’s Superman against Ben Affleck’s “Batman,” “Jurassic Park IV,” “Terminator 5,” Pixar’s “Finding Dory” and a sequel to 1996′s “Independence Day.”