/marvels-ant-man-begins-shooting/Earlier today, director Peyton Reed announced the official start of production on Marvel's Ant-Man. Marvel Studios and Disney have now issued the official press release, which includes several cast additions including Judy Greer, Mad Men favorite John Slattery, comedian Neil Hamburger (aka Gregg Turkington) and rapper T.I. It also reveals that this Marvel Phase 3 adventure will shoot in San Francisco and Atlanta.
Here is the official PR:
Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On; The Weird Al Show) and stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale (Danny Collins, Annie, "HBO's The Long Play), Michael Pena, Abby Ryder Fortson ("Togetherness"), Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris (Remember the Titans, "The Wire"), John Slattery, and comedian Neil Hamburger (aka Gregg Turkington) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (American Gangster, Takers).
Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel's Ant-Man continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel's Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, 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.
Director Peyton Reed's creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter ("Titanic," "21"), production designer Sheppard Frankel ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses") costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ ("X-Men: First Class," "Kick Ass"), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," "The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers"), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel's "Iron Man 3," "X-Men: Days of Future Past") and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers"). The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," Marvel's "Iron Man") and Colby Parker Jr. ("Lone Survivor," "Hancock").
Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.
In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel's Iron Man 3, which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year.
In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed Marvel's The Avengers, which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney's highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio's fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.
In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel's Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.
In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel's Iron Man and Marvel's The Incredible Hulk. Marvel's Iron Man, in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero's powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.
Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel's The Incredible Hulk, marking its second number one opener of that summer.
While it hasn't been confirmed by Marvel or Disney, it is believed that John Slattery will reprise his Iron Man 2 role has Howard Stark, Tony Stark's father and the founder of Stark Industries. He is also revealed to be the co-founder of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Having passed away, Howard appeared in a filmed message to his son from 1974. Dominic Cooper played a much younger version of the character in Captain America: The First Avenger, and is rumored to be returning to the role in ABC's upcoming TV series Marvel's Agent Carter.
Ant-Man is said to include a scene where a young Dr. Hank Pym meets with S.H.I.E.L.D., including Howard Stark. It was believed that Dominic Cooper was playing the younger Stark in this flashback, but that no longer looks to be the case. So, is it true we'll be getting a flashback in Ant-Man that features a number of Captain America characters? Or does Howard Stark have a more important role in this latest Marvel adventure?