Marvel Confirms Paul Rudd as ‘Ant-Man’

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Erase any doubt you might have had that last night’s “in talks” report about Paul Rudd playing the lead in Ant-Man for Edgar Wright could have meant that someone else might end up with the role. (The actor had passed off talks of him getting the gig as “all rumor, man” just a week ago.)

Marvel has just confirmed that Rudd will play the role, though the release shies away from naming the specific incarnation of the character, and definitely does not give out any plot info. Read More »

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Paul Rudd in Talks for Lead in ‘Ant-Man’

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Briefly: He’s been rumored for months, and denying the report for just as long. But now The Wrap announces the first details that Paul Rudd is now in talks to play the lead in Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright. Seems that with Joseph Gordon-Levitt moving towards WB and DC’s Sandman film, Rudd locked down the lead role in Wright’s film.

Wright scripted with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), and Ant-Man is set for release on July 31, 2015.

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When Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World debuted in 2010, I’ll admit it: I didn’t quite know what to make of it. Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were clearly send-ups of their respective genres, but Pilgrim defied my expectations. Part videogame movie, part comic-book movie, and part coming-of-age story, Pilgrim, based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s award-winning graphic novel series, was a bold, singular creation that unfortunately never truly found its audience during its theatrical release.

In the intervening years, my appreciation of the film has grown considerably. After the jump, you can see my newest video essay analyzing the film and pointing out some of its hidden gems. Feel free to share your thoughts on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in the comments.

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Edgar Wright on The World's End set

Marvel’s Ant-Man strays from Edgar Wright‘s usual M.O. in a couple of ways, but one that Wright says is a particular “challenge” is its more family-friendly sensibility. While his filmography doesn’t seem particularly brutal or violent, each of his Cornetto movies have earned an R rating from the MPAA, whereas Ant-Man is expected to be PG-13.

It also, unlike Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, or The World’s End, doesn’t star Simon Pegg or Nick Frost — something the pair seem OK with. Pegg even joked that he’d “advise strongly against” Wright asking him to be in the film. Hit the jump to read the trio’s comments on Wright’s upcoming superhero film.

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Back in June, news broke that J.J. Abrams would be producing a film directed by Edgar Wright and co-written by Wright and Mark Protosevich. The title of the work was Collider and all we heard at the time was the film was “sci-fi.” With Protosevich’s latest film Oldboy now in theaters, he spoke ever so briefly about the film revealing he and Wright are going after something “smart and scary.” Read his tantalizing quotes below. Read More »

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Ant-Man isn’t as big a name as some of the other superheroes who’ve made it to the screen lately, perhaps because even as superpowers go, his ability (he can shrink in size without losing his strength) is kind of odd. Nevertheless, Edgar Wright is confident that he can make the character shine in his new movie.

In a recent interview, the director asserted that “people will be surprised” by Ant-Man, even as he acknowledges that those who are unfamiliar with the character may not “get” him right off the bat. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Watch ‘The World’s End’ Gag Reel

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The three films and one TV show from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are notable for their entertaining engagement of well-known genre ideas, and for the way that they subvert some of the typical uses of those ideas to examine friendship and personal growth.

But, let’s face it, the films resonate with audiences at first blush in large part because Pegg and Frost and the rest of the casts of each project clearly have a great time working together. Here’s a set of outtakes from The World’s End that puts you in some of the more lighthearted moments on the set of Wright’s conclusion to the “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy.” Read More »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Internet has been all a-flutter over last night’s news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd were the top picks to lead Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man, but now it seems we can cross one of those names off. In an interview today, Gordon-Levitt dismissed the talk as mere “rumors.”

Meanwhile, Wright maybe, possibly, indirectly referenced the report in a cryptic new tweet that reveals nothing at all. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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