Michael Douglas to play scientist Hank Pym in 'Ant-Man' movie

Jan. 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Michael Douglas is to play scientist Hank Pym in the film version of "Ant-Man," Marvel Studios announced Monday.

Edgar Wright is to direct the movie with Paul Rudd set to play the title character.

"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," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told Variety Monday.

"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."

Douglas won a Golden Globe Award Sunday night for his portrayal of flamboyant music icon Liberace in the TV movie "Behind the Candelabra."

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