Date: 14th January 2014
Michael Douglas will play the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, in Edgar Wright's upcoming Marvel film.
Marvel made the announcement earlier this evening (13 January) the day after Douglas won a Golden Globe for his role in 'Behind the Candelabra'.
Paul Rudd is the only other name attached to the project, with this indicating that he will probably play Scott Lang, another man to assume the Ant-Man mantle.
"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," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
"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."
Rumours had suggested that the film - which has been described as a heist movie - will follow Rudd's character Lang attempting to steal the Ant-Man costume and assume Pym's powers to shrink himself, from an ageing Pym.
Source: Press Release