Michael Douglas Joins Marvel’s Ant-Man As Hank Pym

Michael Douglas is about to get very, very small!

The 69-year-old actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man,” Marvel announced on Monday.

“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”

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Douglas will play the original incarnation of the shrinking (and sometimes growing!) hero. In the comic book universe, Pym took on numerous hero roles, including Giant-Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket, while Rudd will star as Scott Lang, the second incarnation of Ant-Man.

Hank Pym first appeared in “Tales To Astonish” in 1962.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” will hit theaters on July 31, 2015.

-- Jesse Spero

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