In a new interview with CNN on the stump for the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy film adaptation of author J. R. R. Tolkien's book--The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies former "Lost" star Evangeline Lilly talked about her role as Hope van Dyne in Marvel's"Ant-Man".
Lilly says the film is essentially one big heist movie that links back to other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies:
"I've been astounded to discover how good to their teams and
crew that Marvel are. They're so collaborative, so smart with their
stories. They have rich, dynamic characters which are so much fun to
play. I expected I'd be a cog in the wheel of a big machine - I wasn't
sure I'd like this experience. But I've been so astounded at how
pleasurable the whole experience has been.
[Hope] is the daughter of the founders of The Avengers, Ant-Man and
the Wasp. She is a very talented, intelligent, capable woman and a force
to be reckoned with. [Ant-Man] is very much a heist film. It has all the fun, tension and
drama of a good heist film. The heist is being masterminded by myself,
my father and Scott Lang."
Rumors also had Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard up for the part of Hope as well.
In the comics, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to change his size. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) steals the original Ant-Man Pym's equipment and uses it to commit crimes but ultimately becomes a hero.
Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were both considered for the Lang role, but the latter is now doing an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's popular comic book series Sandman, with "Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer. Rudd was considered a more natural fit by the suits.
David Dastmalchian ("The Dark Knight," "Prisoners") is in the pic but his role is being kept under wraps. Corey Stoll plays the villain Yellowjacket
Though he lost out on a role to Michael Pena, actor Clifton Collins, Jr. he is still in the film. The "Pacific Rim" and "Star Trek" actor, did a cameo as a vegan police officer in Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,"
and has reportedly been cast in a unspecified role. Pena's role
is thought to be that of a tough Latino character who has a lot of
physical action scenes in the movie.
John Slattery is in the film, likely reprising the role of Tony Stark's father Howard Stark which he played in "Iron Man 2". Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, rapper turned actor T.I., and young actress Abby Ryder Fortson who will likely play the young Cassie Lang (daughter of Rudd's character)
Martin Donovan ("Weeds," "Homeland") has been cast in a pivotal role. No details were released about his character.
Latino Review recently suggested that characters seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell) and Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) in their younger days and the further formation S.H.I.E.L.D will show up
Actors Patrick Wilson, Kevin Weisman and Matt Gerald all dropped out of the pic.
Peyton Reed ("Bring It On," "Down With Love") took over the director's chair following Edgar Wright's departure in May,
Wright and Joe Cornish co-wrote the initial script. Adam McKay ("Anchorman") was lined up to take over but a deal could not be reached--McKay did some work on the script for the film instead. Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer will reportedly preform script re-writes Rawson Marshall Thurber and Ruben Fleischer were in the mix with McKay to potentially direct...
The film has a July 17th 2015 release date.