Edgar Wright Will Try To Convince Us That ANT-MAN Is A Badass And Talks Casting The Leads

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Edgar Wright is doing promotion for the home release of his final installment in The Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End. A fun flick and a must see. If you’re a fan of either Hot Fuzz or Shaun of The Dead, it’s worth checking out. During his press tour for the release, he spoke to ET. He tries to echo what Marvel’s Kevin Feige has been saying about Ant-Man‘s tone. The film will be only as comedic focused as the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sounds like they’re aiming for an action spectacular feature, not unlike the upcoming release Winter Soldier. Marvel and Wright have been calling the film a “high-tech spy heist” movie.

“I want to make him into a badass [laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don’t know the character sort of see that test and go, “Oh, right, I get it. It’s like an action film,” so that’s the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it’s something that I know is going to stand out because it’s got a very different story and is a very different movie.”

“Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers is funny. They’re not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it’ll be something in a similar vein to that.”


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He also spoke to IGN about his relationship with Marvel’s Kevin Feige and his long journey to get Ant-Man made. Edgar continues by briefly speaking to the film’s casting process and finding unexpected actors to fill roles. Recently names such as Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been linked as possible candidates. Jessica Chastain (The Help, Crimson Peak, Zero Dark Thirty) was linked for the female lead, but is reportedly out of the running. It’s expected the previous trio are being looked at for the lead roles. Feige confirmed a while back that official casting news concerning the film would be announced by the end of the year. Pre-production on the project began in October, and if rumors are to be believed, it could be starting production around May or June of 2014.

Screen shot 2013-11-23 at 10.52.30 AM“I’ve known Kevin Feige [Marvel Entertainment’s Co-President] for years and in that time I’ve always has this treatment, which is now becoming a movie,” Wright said. “So the idea has never really wavered. And I I think what me and Joe [Cornish] wrote, and what the people who have read it say, is that it really feels like a great Marvel yarn. And that was sort of the intention, but you will definitely also still see my stamp on it. The nice thing about doing one of these things is that I loved the comics growing up. So if I was making a Marvel movie, I would want it to feel like a Marvel comic.”

“You’ll see when you see the movie that we’ve definitely written interesting takes on different characters.” 

“Of course you need great actors, and I think that’s actually what they’ve done so far in their casting is actually kind of been to cast surprising actor. They haven’t gone for the most obvious people. I think from the first movie onwards. People forget that back in 2007 that Robert Downey Jr. was a gamble for them. Now when he’s the biggest star on the planet nobody remembers that. But it’s a great way to start and they’ve sort of continued with that casting throughout in terms of casting great people, and interesting people, and people you wouldn’t expect.”

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