Michael Douglas joins Paul Rudd in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man

The Behind the Candelabra star will play Henry "Hank" Pym in the Hot Fuzz director's take on the Marvel comic book series

Michael Douglas is enjoying second-guessing movie lovers with his roles of late. Fresh from his Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning performance as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra, the 69-year-old actor has revealed he will join Cornetto Trilogy director Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Ant-Man


“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long,” announced Douglas, confirming that he will play Henry “Hank” Pym – responsible for creating the technology to shrink a human to the size of an insect. 

“The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan [Douglas’s 13-year-old son] will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”

Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, confirmed Douglas’s involvement alongside Rudd who was confirmed as Scott Lang, a different version of Ant-Man, last month: 

“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,” he said in a statement. “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.”

The Wall Street actor – who has enjoyed a recent career resurgence thanks to his turn in the Liberace biopic – hit headlines back in 2010 when it was announced he had been diagnosed with throat cancer, a condition he later revealed to be tongue cancer after being given the all-clear.

Marvel will be hoping Ant-Man can replicate the success enjoyed at the box office recently with Iron Man 3 and Avengers when Wright’s adaptation is released in cinemas in July 2015.