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For those keeping score at home, Douglas's casting may sound a bit confusing, since Paul Rudd had already been confirmed to play the superhero. But according to Variety, both Rudd and Douglas will indeed portray Ant-Man -- just in different forms.
Variety reports that Douglas will play Hank Pym, the scientist who creates the technology at the heart of Ant-Man's powers, giving him the ability to shrink down to the size of an ant and communicate with insects. Though Marvel has yet to confirm this specific twist, Rudd is now most likely playing latter-day Ant-Man Scott Lang, who assumes the hero's identity after stealing Pym's technology. Variety had previously reported that Wright had long ago hinted at employing this specific twist to his interpretation of the comic, and it sounds as if that scenario is now playing out.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed Douglas's casting in a statement.
"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," Feige said. "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."
Variety added that Marvel had been eyeing Douglas for "Ant-Man" for some time, but that Douglas "was cautious until sources said he had a change of heart over the holidays."
"Ant-Man" is due in theaters July 31, 2015.