Michael Douglas joins Paul Rudd in Disney-Marvel's Ant-Man film
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Actor Michael Douglas will take on the role of scientist Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd in the upcoming Disney-Marvel superhero film Ant-Man, the movie studio said on Monday.
Douglas, 69, will play Pym, creator of the technology to shrink to the size of an insect and thus become Ant-Man. Anchorman star Rudd, 44, will play Scott Lang, the alter-ego of the diminutive Marvel superhero.
Pym's character first appeared in the 27th issue of Marvel Comics series Tales To Astonish in January 1962.
"We knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves," Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, said in a statement posted on Marvel.com.