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CBMB: Ant-Man Kicks Off Film Production!

By Muuka Muyumba

Today, Marvel released the production and cast list for the upcoming Ant-Man feature. After a long development process, the film is finally getting off the ground with Peyton Reed at the helm as director after much turmoil subsequent to the departure of Edgar Wright and writer Joe Cornish.

Working with a script-polish from Adam McKay, and various others, Ant-Man brings us the story of an original Avenger who is reluctant to join the fight.

This news comes with some varied surprises as some rumored castmembers are confirmed while other interesting names have popped up!

As we reported, rumors are swirling that a young Hank Pym will have a meeting with S.H.I.E.L.D. at some point in the film. Many speculate that this meeting with also feature Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, Arnim Zola, and possibly a young Alexander Pierce. We now know that John Slattery is part of the cast and the question is whether he will reprise his role as an older Howard Stark from Iron Man 2. This cast list suggests that’s a possibility.

I also noted Wood Harris and T.I. as part of the cast, which (unfortunately) could possibly mean that Paul Rudd has a pair of prison buddies (or thugs) featured in a scene. I say ‘unfortunately’ because I think that this is a waste of 2 talented actors who don’t have to play the stereotypical prison characters. T.I. (Tip Harris) has long been in discussion for a role in a Marvel movie, even by his own admission, but the extent of that role had not been revealed until now.

Marvel has also scored one for the character actor by casting Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena and Judy Greer. All three are one everyone’s go to list for solid character work, be it dramatic or comedic. To reference how good these actors are see Boardwalk Empire season 3, End of Watch, and The Descendants, respectively.

For a movie that has struggled to get past development for so long, they have an incredible line up for a movie that has long been rumored to be more of a comedy than a superhero film.

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From Marvel Studios:

Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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.

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 (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”). The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.