According to multiple sources, Paul Rudd is nearly confirmed as a lead in Marvel’s Ant-Man movie. Both Variety and The Wrap (via A.V. Club) are reporting that Rudd is close to closing a deal to become the newest Marvel hero.
Both outlets claim sources close to the project have confirmed that Rudd is currently in early negotiations to play the role. Which Ant-Man Rudd will play is still up to speculation. Throughout Marvel’s history, the character/title of Ant-Man has served several owners. The Wrap has Rudd listed to play Henry “Hank” Pym, the original Ant-Man. Variety hints that director Edgar Wright may chose to focus on Scott Lang, a character who steals Pym’s shape-shifting technology to become Ant-Man 2.0.
Variety also points out that the film may contain both characters, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumored to play Lang. Fans should have their answer in the near future. Shooting for the film is set to begin in 2014, with a tentative release date of July 31, 2015.