Marvel and Edgar Wright have cast their Ant-Man and it's ...

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Dec 19, 2013, 9:46 AM EST

After seven years of development with director Edgar Wright and endless casting rumors, Marvel has finally found Ant-Man.

Variety is reporting that it's got "sources" who claim the studio is in "early negotiations" with a star who'll step into the role of Henry Pym (or, possibly, Scott Lang). Casting rumors have ranged from Wright's longtime cinematic partner Simon Pegg to The Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer, but lately two big names have come to the forefront: comedy star Paul Rudd and Looper and The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who called the rumor of his casting "nothing but lies." So, who finally got the call?

Well, according to both Variety and The Wrap (who actually broke the news first), it's Paul Rudd. 

Marvel hasn't commented on the news yet, but if these sources are to be believed (and at the moment it certainly looks like they should be), it seems the man who's been rumored as the Ant-Man frontrunner for a while now has indeed nabbed the role. The Wrap even notes that Rudd's been looking a bit slimmer lately as he makes the rounds to promote his new film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which seems to be an indication that he's already started working on his superhero body.

So, with principal photography on Ant-Man expected to kick into high gear next year, it looks like the leading man has at long last been set, and given that we already knew Wright was on the hunt for some serious comedic talent for the flick, it's not surprising that he went for a proven comedy star like Rudd. 

Ant-Man hits theaters July 31, 2015. What do you think? Did Wright pick the right man for the job?

(Via Variety)