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Paul Rudd to play Ant-Man

'Anchorman 2' star Paul Rudd is about to become very, very, very tiny.

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'Anchorman 2' star Paul Rudd is about to become very, very, very tiny.

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December

Paul Rudd has scored the lead role in Marvel’s Ant-Man and is now in negotiations to play Hank Pym, Variety reports.

Yes, Paul Rudd, the Anchorman 2 actor who has forever played pretty much the opposite of an action hero. See: This Is 40, Role Models, Phoebe Buffay’s wedding, et al.

Marvel had been chasing Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but he’s in talks to direct, produce and star in Warner Bros’ Sandman, so co-frontrunner Rudd seems to have won this one by default.

But before you start going all “Ben Affleck as Batman, and now this?” on us, consider: The casting of ever-so-funny Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man was frowned upon at first, too. And we all know how that turned out.

Edgar Wright is directing the film, which he co-wrote with Joe Cornish, and Disney plans to release Ant-Man in the summer of 2015.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 6:09pm]

    

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