Paul Rudd is going on a superhero's journey in the new Marvel Studios movie Ant-Man, although these days he's looking decidedly unheroic.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man (in theaters July 17, 2015) began production in San Francisco Monday, 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 figure in Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a genius scientist and inventor of a technology that allows a man to shrink down to the size of an insect but also increase his strength.
When powerful forces — including Pym's star employee Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), aka Yellowjacket — want the secret to the breakthroughs for their own nefarious uses, Pym passes the mantle — and helmeted supersuit — of Ant-Man to Lang and the two men 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 told USA TODAY in July. "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 Slattery signed on to reprise his Iron Man 2 role of Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) whose appearance hints that Ant-Man will tie into the bigger history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ant-Man, which will also 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.