Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Paul Rudd Be 'Ant-Man'?

The actors are said to be Marvel's top two choices for this upcoming Phase Three adventure. They will both meet with Marvel and director Edgar Wright soon.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the top contenders for Ant-Man along with Paul Rudd
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the top contenders for Ant-Man along with Paul Rudd
While Marvel's Phase Two slate is just getting started, with this summer's release of Iron Man 3 and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, Marvel Studios are currently focusing on casting their first Phase Three movie, Ant-Man. Inside sources claim that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are the top two candidates for the title role, although no offers have been made yet.

The unidentified sources reveal that there is the possibility that another actor may emerge with the coveted role but, as of now, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are the front runners. Both actors are expected to meet with Marvel executives and director Edgar Wright one more time before a final decision is made.

Ant-Man is based on the Marvel comic book series that follows Dr. Hank Pym, who invented a substance that allows him to be shrunk down to an ant's size. It was rumored that the director is focusing on Hank Pym's later years, adding criminal Scott Lang, who steal's Pym's technology and becomes another Ant-Man. There is the possibility that both actors may be cast as these different Ant-Men, although that scenario seems unlikely.

Earlier this month, the director released a pre-production photo that revealed an unidentified actor in a motion-capture suit. There were also rumors this summer that Simon Pegg was cast as Ant-Man, although the actor shot down those reports just a few days later. It's also worth noting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a contender to play Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, a role which ultimately went to Chris Pratt.

Edgar Wright is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), based on the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. No story details have been confirmed at this time, but stay tuned for more developments regarding this highly-anticipated project.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt most recently starred in and made his directorial debut with Don Jon, and he will next be seen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Paul Rudd briefly appeared in the summer comedy This Is the End, and he will next be seen reprising his role as Brian Fantana in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, John Slattery. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.

Sources: Variety

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Comments (44)

  1. Sean

    @OhhmeohhMy Oh, I see. Well, I could definitely see Nathan Fillion plating Ant-Man, even more so then JGL or Paul Rudd.

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  2. OhhmeohhMy

    honetly no. my top pick would be JGL. but if eveyone was happy with Nathan Fillion and i was not. i would just go with what the rest want. even if i did not want Nathan Fillion. witch i don't.

    11 months agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  3. Sean

    @OhhmeohhMy So you're saying you would like to see Nathan Fillion play Ant-Man ?

    11 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Oh. Yeah, I think i'd rather see Paul Rudd as Ant-Man instead of JGL. I'm sure Paul Rudd could do a more serious role, unlike the ones he's done before.

    11 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic Gordon-Levitt except for DC

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  6. Fry_3000

    @moviemaniac66 good call, agree with you totally. Would be an awesome line up

    11 months agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  7. OhhmeohhMy

    @sean I would not Oppose that. And I would rather to see him get it then Paul Rudd. I still like JGL better for me. But I'm happy we can reach a happy medium haha.

    11 months agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  8. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Which actor are you referring to ?

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  9. Sean

    @OhhmeohhMy What about if Nathan Fillion got the role and not JGL or Paul Rudd ?

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  10. Sean

    @cheetoboy I just don't think he is the right actor for the role. And besides, there are other better actors out there, that could play the role much better then JGL could.

    11 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. ObiWanShinobi

    Paul Rudd.

    11 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  12. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic well hes never been in a marvel movie before

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  13. Ledouchee

    Paul Rudd would be genius casting

    11 months agoby @ledoucheeFlag

  14. OhhmeohhMy

    @sean I agree with you a lot of the time. But those times I have felt what you was saying was right. I think this is a rumor anyway. So I think they thru Paul Rudd in there for a joke. But if this had to be true i would want JGL. With Paul Rudd in this role would be a total flop like The Green Hornet. Lol

    11 months agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  15. MovieManiac

    Plus, Paul Rudd would be such a left field and inspired choice. Plus, his personality would work well in the third avengers film. Also him under the helm of Edgar Wright is just genius. Rudd needs to take this role.

    11 months agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  16. MovieManiac

    Paul f*cking Rudd!! I cannot see anyone else playing the role now. Just imagining him, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo banter dialogue written by Joss Whedon is to amazing for words.

    11 months agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  17. phatalphd

    Paul Rudd!!!

    11 months agoby @phatalphdFlag

  18. David garcia

    They have to do their casting first, to whether to see who becomes a perfect Ant-Man, I mean that's gonna be a very hard character to portray. And hey, who knows that either actor might work.

    11 months agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  19. Cheetoboy

    @themoviefanatic Dude I like Paul Rudd very much, but Joseph Gordon Lovett just has that seriousness, quirkiness, and swagger. When your going to eventually going tp share screen time with Robert Downey Jr along with the rest of the Avengers gang, you gotta have swag, and Joseph has that.

    11 months agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  20. CoreyB

    I'd like to see either of them play ant man...both would bring something different to the character. JGL is Robin tho! Haaha. I literally wouldnt mind which one of them got it! I love them both.

    11 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  21. CoreyB

    @psychobilly13 no he wasnt

    11 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  22. ed_wood

    I hope there's a third option, but of the two I'd go with Rudd. It just seems unexpected.

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  23. Brizzy


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  24. Fry_3000

    I'd like o see Rudd at the helm, be a bit different in choice from the same recycled contenders

    11 months agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  25. CRX

    @psychobilly13: JGL was friggin awesome in TDKR.

    Want to see JGL as Dr. Strange, but Ant-man would be fun, too.

    11 months agoby @CRXFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Yes to Levitt. Hell NO to Rudd.

    12 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. Bane5000

    I wont give an opinion till its revealed who the mysterious 3rd candidate is, that person may be a better fit for the role , u never know...

    12 months agoby @bane5000Flag

  28. Sean

    @OhhmeohhMy Paul Rudd would be a better choice for the role of Ant-Man then Joseph Gordon-Levitt any day!

    12 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag