LOS ANGELES Jan 13 Actor Michael Douglas will
take on the role of scientist Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd in the
upcoming Disney-Marvel superhero film "Ant-Man," the movie
studio said on Monday.
Douglas, 69, will play Pym, creator of the technology to
shrink to the size of an insect and thus become Ant-Man.
"Anchorman" star Rudd, 44, will play Scott Lang, the alter-ego
of the diminutive Marvel superhero.
Pym's character first appeared in the 27th issue of Marvel
Comics series "Tales to Astonish" in January 1962.
"We knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight
and stature to the role that the character deserves," Kevin
Feige, president of Marvel Studios, said in a statement posted
"We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to
step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to
every character he inhabits, and couldn't be more excited to see
what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life," Feige added.
Disney's foray in bringing Marvel's superhero
universe to the big screen has proved to be a lucrative choice,
with films such as "Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" crossing the $1
billion mark at the worldwide box office.
Douglas, who won a Best Actor Oscar in 1988 for Oliver
Stone's financial drama "Wall Street" and picked up a Golden
Globe award on Sunday for his turn as Liberace in HBO movie
"Behind the Candelabra," is taking a rare step into the world of
big-budget franchise action films.
The plot for "Ant-Man" is being kept firmly under wraps. The
film, directed by Edgar Wright, is scheduled to be in theaters
in July 2015.