Michael Douglas explains why he signed on for Hank Pym in Marvel's Ant-Man

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Jan 14, 2014, 2:42 PM EST (Updated)

Marvel blew us all away this week with news that award-winning actor Michael Douglas would play Hank Pym in the upcoming Ant-Man flick, and now the actor has opened up about why he signed on for the role.

Though it seems out of character based on his relatively sci-fi-free career path, it turns out Douglas (Wall Street, Basic Instinct) has actually been jonesing to sign on for one of Marvel’s blockbusters. Why? Because he wants his son to think he’s cool, and because it just looks like a whole lot of fun. You have to love the honesty.

Here’s an excerpt of what he told Reuters about the project:

"I've been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor's 13-year-old son) will love it. He'll have a picture he can see … Sometimes - like (when) they didn't see you for Liberace - you've got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun.”

Though it’s a casting move we would’ve never really considered, Douglas definitely has the look and attitude to pull off a seasoned Hank Pym. Director Edgar Wright has been bouncing this one around in his head for a long time, and we can’t wait to see what he cooks up with Douglas’ Pym and Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang together.

This is also confirmation that the shooting script is seemingly complete, which is good, since they’ll probably need some extended post-production time for the effects work to hit that July 2015 release date.

What do you think of Wright’s decision to make Douglas the big-screen Hank Pym?


(Via Reuters)

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