Following yesterday's surprise announcement, the cast of Marvel's Ant-Man is shaping up steadily as the Edgar Wright-directed adaptation gears up for a May production start-date. Now The Wrap and other sources are reporting that Michael Pena, 38, has just entered early negotiations for a role in the film. While there's no word on who the Mexican-American actor will be playing or if he'll have super-abilities, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the studio has been searching for a "tough Latino who has to be ready for a lot of physical play," and they were considering "actors ranging from Javier Bardem to Clifton Collins Jr." Also, Variety adds that the next major role to be cast in Ant-Man is the female lead: "Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard are names that have been mentioned but as of now no one has been offered the part." What do you think?
Bleeding Cool now claims to have been told that "the female lead of this film is the daughter of the second male lead. In light of the last day’s news, that pretty clearly marks her out as the offspring of Hank Pym." Perhaps, Janet Van Dyne will be Pym's daughter, and she'll link up with Scott Lang before eventually becoming The Wasp...
According to This Is Infamous' source, Peña will play a character known as a present-day Castillo, one of two villains in Ant-Man. "While it took awhile to piece together the timeline, our understanding is that Castillo will be the film’s villain in the beginning, which takes place in the 1960s. It is here that we’ll get our introduction to Ant-Man – the Hank Pym version – which Marvel readers will get from the character’s work as a spy fighting against Communism. From there, Ant-Man will move into the modern era, with an aging Pym, recently filled by Michael Douglas, and the beginning of the Scott Lang story arc, which will eventually get Scott Lang in as Ant-Man. Lang will encounter this second villain along the way, who will serve as his primary villain, but what we’re hearing is that Peña will wind up playing a larger role as the film develops, much more than just the opening to establish Ant-Man." Now what do you think?
Can confirm Michael Pena might do ANT-MAN. Around New Years I talked to him at a bar for an hour about the role & Edgar Wright. He's a geek.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 14, 2014
At the time he was debating the role. I pitched him hard that he should do it. He repeatedly praised the script saying it was amazing.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 14, 2014
final ANT-MAN bit...my sources tell me Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard are NOT up for a role as female lead.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 14, 2014
In their story on yesterday's Michael Pena casting, The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that Marvel were also looking at the likes of Javier Bardem and Clifton Collins Jr. to fill their "tough Latino" quota for Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Well now, according to Latino Review's new trigger man, the latter has actually been cast alongside Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas - you'll note this infers that Pena hasn't actually signed on yet.
Clifton Collins Jr (Pacific Rim) will be in Marvel's "Ant-Man." As of now, he's the only other main actor signed, aside from Rudd & Douglas.— Mario-F. Robles (@LatinoReviewMFR) January 15, 2014
Thomas Kretschmann has been cast as Baron von Strucker in The Avengers: Age of Ultron!— Paul Romano (@PaulRom95) January 15, 2014