Why Simon Pegg does NOT want Edgar Wright to cast him in Ant-Man

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Dec 17, 2013, 9:42 AM EST

We still don’t know who director Edgar Wright will cast to star in Ant-Man, but his close pal Simon Pegg thinks it’d be a terrible idea if they teamed up for the Marvel flick. Why?

Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, World’s End) opened up in a recent chat with SFX about what he thinks about longtime collaborator Wright’s upcoming entry into the Marvel universe — and though he loves working with his pal, he fears it’d pigeonhole them too much if they stuck together on every project.

It’s an interesting take on the role, especially since Pegg is still rumored to have an outside shot at the gig:

“If I was Edgar [Wright], I wouldn’t cast me in Ant-Man, because I think he obviously has to spread his wings as a director and be seen not to just come with me as a package. Same with Nick. We need to do things separately so we don’t ultimately get seen as coming as a double act. You know, Ant-Man would be enormous fun to be in, but I think Ant-Man himself has to be a lot younger than me for a start. And there probably isn’t a part for me. If Edgar asked me, I’d think about it. But as his friend and his lawyer, I would advise strongly against asking me.”

Pegg, 43, makes some good points, but his age argument doesn’t hold much water — especially considering that 44-year-old Paul Rudd is the rumored front-runner for the role. But it’s worth noting that Rudd claims those reports are nothing more than “rumors” at the moment.

What do you think? Would you like to see Pegg get a shot at playing Ant-Man? Who do you think would be good for the role? 

(Via HitFix)