Thursday, June 27, 2013

Obsessive Cinematic Disorder: Who Will Play Ant-Man?

It’s no secret that I’m excited about the Ant-Man film, the flick set to kick of Marvel's "Phase 3". And I’ve never even read any Ant-Man comics (I did, however, watch the entire run of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes...gimme some credit). The character and the film sound intriguing, especially since they’ll both be factoring into the Avengers films. Oh, and Edgar Wright is directing the movie. I’m a big Wright fan.


I read a rumor on this week that Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer and Edgar Wright visited the set of Captain America 2, which led many to think that Hammer would be paying Ant-Man in Wright’s film. Wright denied this via Twitter.

But Wright will soon be done with The World’s End, and after that film’s release and all the promotional hullabaloo is over with, his attention will inevitably turn to Ant-Man. Casting can’t be too far away, especially since it sounds like Phase 3 is gearing up pretty fast in general. So I wanted to look at a few choices for the role.

Armie Hammer

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I don’t know about this. Armie Hammer was okay in The Social Network but I haven't seen him in anything else. I’m sort of withholding judgment until I see The Lone Ranger. But something about the way he responded when questioned about Ant-Man just rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it’s the fact that he claimed to not know who Edgar Wright is. Do you live on this planet?

Nathan Fillion

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For some reason Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion has been rumored for the role, but then he more or less shit on the character. So forget him.

Simon Pegg

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Pegg, one of the stars of Edgar Wright's "Blood and Ice Cream trilogy", obviously works with the director on a steady basis, so this makes a lot of sense on paper. I love him but I don’t know that he’d be right for the role. Plus it looks like his dance card is full for a while.

Adam Scott


As far as I know, Party Down and Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott hasn’t been rumored for the role at all, other than in my head. He’s a talented actor and I think he really needs more roles (and not Hot Tub Time Machine 2). Sure, he’s mostly in comedies, but I don’t think the action genre is beyond his reach by any means (if you want to see him outside of a comedy role, check out The Vicious Kind). Plus, there’s plenty of opportunities for comedy in Ant-Man and future Avengers films.

In short, Edgar Wright, if you’re reading this, please cast Adam Scott as Ant-Man (even if he doesn't want the role).


  1. Good call on Adam Scott. It's always nice to get someone really funny in these kind of roles. Nathan Fillon could be fun too!

  2. Thanks for the comment, Pete. Hopefully Edgar Wright takes my advice.