This time around Marvel did not wait for weeks of speculation and unofficial statements. Yesterday they official announced that Paul Rudd is in fact going to play Ant-Man.
Here is the official statement from Marvel.com:
“Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!
The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel and Wright had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.
When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star, said Marvel's Kevin Feige. ‘We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life’.”
The Marvel Universe is aligning and we have our next hero. Just how great he will be remains to be seen. Will he appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron?
Ant-Man arrives July 31, 2015.