Disney and Marvel are bringing together one stellar cast for Ant-Man. After securing Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, the successor who steals Pym's superhero technology, the studio is now aggressively going after actor Michael Peña, known for perfectly straddling the line between comedy and drama.
Marvel has denied that talks are ongoing. This may be due to the fact that talks break down rather quickly sometimes between the studio and various actors, and we can take it as a good sign that Michael Peña is not yet confirmed.
This would mark the actor's first superhero movie role.
The World's End director Edgar Wright is behind this latest entry in the world of Marvel's cinematic universe, which is being set up as the first Phase Three movie. The character of Ant-Man was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, and follows the story of a biochemist who discovers subatomic particles that allow him to shrink to insect size (and later grow to the size of a giant). He can also control ants. Lang came later, a retired thief who uses Pym's technology to takeover for the superhero.
No details have been revealed about which character Michael Peña may play in the movie. While the film is being set up as an adventure with heavily comedic elements, it also promises to introduce Luke Cage and Iron Fist, two characters that will later get their own episodic series on Netflix. Could he be playing Iron Fist? That seems unlikely.
Michael Peña can currently be seen on the big screen in the Oscar hopeful American Hustle. He will next be seen on Fox's limited series drama Gracepoint, which is based on the British TV series Broadchurch. Production is scheduled to start in Vancouver on January 27 and run through March. Ant-Man is set for an April start date, which gives the actor ample time to do both projects.