With a cracking cast already nailed down, Marvel’s Ant-Man was missing just one thing… a director.
Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead’s Edgar Wright had developed the project since 2006 and was originally attached to direct Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. His abrupt exit last month followed reported disputes with Marvel over the script with Wright citing “differences in their visions of the film”.
Now Bring It On director Peyton Reed has now been officially confirmed as his replacement. He will be helped out by Anchorman filmmaker Adam McKay who will work on polishing the script before filming begins this summer.
Marvel have also released an updated synopsis of their latest superhero flick following con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) who has the ability to shrink in size but increase in strength. He must use his powers for good and embrace his inner-hero to help mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit from a generation of new threats. Against the odds, the pair must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Rudd and Douglas are joined by Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson. The studio are still working towards the original July 17 2015 release date, despite Wright’s sudden departure so late in development.