Paul Rudd is going on a superhero's journey in the new Marvel Studios movie Ant-Man, although these days he looks decidedly unheroic.
Directed by Peyton Reed,Ant-Man (out July 17, 2015) began production Monday in San Francisco. But by the looks of the first image from the movie, with Rudd's hoodie-clad, unshaven Scott Lang skulking around the Golden Gate Bridge next to a decrepit van, he has a ways to go before he's on the level of the Avengers.
In Ant-Man, Lang is an ex-con and thief who finds a mentor in Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a genius scientist and inventor of a technology that allows a man to shrink to the size of an insect but also increase his strength.
Powerful forces — including Pym's star employee, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), aka Yellowjacket — want the secret to the breakthroughs for their own nefarious uses. So Pym passes the mantle — and helmeted super-suit — of Ant-Man to Lang, and the two plan an ambitious heist that, if successful, will save the world.
"The way technology has advanced just in the last few years, picturing this world, what they can do with this kind of story line and character, I thought this could be something that could be very strange and hasn't been seen before," Rudd says. "I was really excited about being a part of something like that."
Evangeline Lilly co-stars as Pym's daughter, Hope Van Dyne, and John Slatterysigned on to reprise his Iron Man 2 role of Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). His appearance hints that Ant-Man will tie into the bigger history of theMarvel Cinematic Universe.
Ant-Man, which also will film in Atlanta, features a cast that includes Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian,Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington and rapper/actor T.I.
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