Monday, August 18, 2014

Marvel's Ant-Man Begins Production Today, Additional Cast Revealed

Despite a long, winding road to this point, Marvel's Ant-Man has officially begun filming today in San Francisco.
As they always do, sent out an official press release today marking the beginning of production of Ant-Man, which is due out in theaters July 17, 2015. The film is being directed by Peyton Reed and though it will mostly take place at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, they'll be doing some location shooting in San Francisco, California.

Marvel also revealed some additional casting for the film outside of the core cast of Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) and Corey Stoll (Darren Cross). While he's long been rumored to be a part of the film, Michael Pena is now officially a part of it and it is believed he's playing a villainous role. John Slattery's name is also in the official release and, given the recent report by Latino-Review that Hank Pym would come across young S.H.I.E.L.D. types Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and Alexander Pierce, it's very likely that Slattery will reprise his role from Iron Man 2 as Howard Stark. 

Badass Digest's Devin Faraci, who read the original script by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, gave some interesting insight earlier about two additional cast members. It's his belief that Judy Greer will be portraying Scott Lang's ex-wife, Peggy and that Bobby Cannavale will play her husband, Blake Burdick, a police officer who arrested Lang during his past as a con-man.

Judy Greer/Peggy (Lang) Burdick
Bobby Cannavale/Officer Blake Burdick
 One addition of GREAT interest to me is that of young Abby Ryder Fortson. Some of you might remember this casting call that made it's way online back in early November:

While most people had it pegged for something small, I deduced it was very likely a casting call for Ant-Man and that the 6-9 year old girl was likely going to fill the role of Cassie Lang, the daughter of Scott and Peggy. It's since been confirmed by Peyton Reed that the film will in fact feature Cassie and it's VERY possible that Fortson, born in 2008, will fill the role according to Devin Faraci.

The rest of the additional cast, includes T.I., who has been on Marvel's radar before, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris and Gregg Turkington. While the site does not give us roles for each actor, you can bet there are already a lot of folks trying feverishly to find out who is who! 
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
That heist, according to Faraci, is an interesting one and something created specifically for the film by Wright and Cornish. Apparently Lang is going to be stealing Pym Particles back from Darren Cross!

Now that filming has begun, some more information will surely begin to trickle out. I'd be shocked if we don't get a few shots while the film is on location in San Francisco and I expect that El Mayimbe and the rest of the scoopers will be out for info!