Marvel just kicked off its massive Hall H panel at Comic-Con, and the first news to come out of the convention center is the confirmation of two Ant-Man characters played by Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly.
Corey Stoll will be playing bad guy Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket. While Evangeline Lilly is the leading lady of the movie, Hope Van Dyne, who is being set up as a love interest for Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, and is the daughter of Michael Douglas's Hanky Pym, both actors who were introduces on stage as The Ant-Men.
We'll have more from the convention center as it breaks.
Here is the official press release:
Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll have found their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the female lead and antagonist, respectively, in Marvel's "Ant-Man," in theaters July 17, 2015!
Lilly will play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym, while Stoll will play Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket, the antagonist of the film. The two join stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), along with director Peyton Reed, for the size-changing super hero's first cinematic adventure.
"We've been fans of Evangeline for years, and couldn't be more pleased that she's agreed to join us on Ant-Man's journey to the big screen," said Marvel's Kevin Feige. "We look forward to audiences learning more about her character when she joins forces with Hank Pym and Scott Lang in 2015.
"Corey brings depth to every role he plays," continued Feige. "As a major part of the Ant-Man ensemble, we all wanted an actor who could be both cunning and sympathetic, and help create a character as dynamic as Marvel's best antagonists."
Most recently, Lilly impressed audiences around the world with her portrayal of the willful and skilled Elfin archer Tauriel in Peter Jackson's second installment of the Hobbit trilogy, "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," and will once again reprise the role in "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" later this year. Lilly was first introduced to audiences, who turned into die-hard fans, when she played Kate Austen for the entire length of ABC's international hit series "Lost," for which she also received a Golden Globe nomination and won a Screen Actor's Guild Award.
Stoll, celebrated for his Golden Globe-nominated turn as Rep. Peter Russo in "House of Cards" on Netflix, recently appeared in "Non-Stop," which opened in first place at the box office earlier this year. The actor currently stars in "The Strain" on FX, the series premiere of which earned eight million viewers, and will next appear in Showtime's award-winning "Homeland" series. Can't make it to the convention? Follow along with our live coverage at marvel.com/sdcc2014, plus keep up on our social channels for the latest news, exclusive videos, real-time announcements, image galleries, up to date schedules and more!
In addition to "Ant-Man," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014; "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1, 2015; and the untitled "Captain America 3" May 6, 2016.