Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon Levitt competing for ‘Ant-Man’ lead role

Monday, October 14, 2013
By Rick Duran
Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man

Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man

File this in the “Are You Fucking Serious?!” folder. Variety reports that Marvel and director Edgar Wright are meeting this week with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd for the lead role in 2015’s summer tentpole, Ant-Man. Gordon-Levitt, a veteran of The Dark Knight Rises, is no surprise and it was recently revealed that Marvel wanted him for their yet-to-be-announced Dr. Strange film. But the revelation that Paul Rudd is the other top contender is a complete shock.

While Rudd has spent the last decade establishing himself as one of comedy’s top stars, let’s examine the pros and cons of what would make Edgar Wright for such an unconventional choice.


1. Ant-Man is a hero whose power involves shrinking to the size of an ant, and the ability to run at lighting speed. The role wouldn’t require a bulkier built like Chris Hemsworth as Thor, so both Gordon-Levitt and a well-fit Rudd would work.

2. Edgar Wright directed the modern classic Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Rather than reinvent Michael Cera, Wright built the film’s action around his comedic persona. Gordon-Levitt has many comedic quirks similar to Cera if needed, and would easily in Wright’s vision. But Wright is definitely the kind of auteur who could sculpt a plausible action film around Rudd’s comedic strengths as well.

3. Not all superheroes are humorless. While his initial casting sent shockwaves across the news, Robert Downey Jr’s smug charm has made his Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise iconic and irreplaceable. Likewise, it’s rumored that Parks and Recreation goofball Chris Pratt’s comedic timing and heart won the coveted lead role in next summer’s Marvel space epic Guardians of the Galaxy (another role Gordon-Levitt had also been up for.) Should Rudd be cast as Ant-Man’s Henry Pym, it will be because of, not despite, his humor which would be essential to Wright’s storytelling. Let’s not forget that Marvel’s The Avengers was applauded for its mix of humor into its action.


1. Seth Rogen, a comedic star with sarcastic charm like Rudd, was cast as The Green Hornet, which also built its action around his humor.

2. Michel Gondry, an eclectic filmmaker with abstract vision and indie-friendly humor like Edgar Wright, directed the misguided Green Hornet.

3. Michael Gondry directed Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet. Enough said.

Let’s face it, this boils down to whether or not Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns it down. Regardless of who is cast in the next few days, Marvel has Ant-Man scheduled for a July 31st, 2015 opening, two months after the studio’s  Avengers: Age of Ultron and two weeks after DC’s Batman Vs. Superman.  May the best funny man win.

3 Responses to “Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon Levitt competing for ‘Ant-Man’ lead role”

  1. Kevin Crossman

    Pros: Paul Rudd is more charming than Seth Rogen

  2. ASFan

    Question Mark: Would he fit in well with the other actors playing the Avengers?

  3. Joe

    Will he fit in well? Paul Rudd has great chemistry with everyone…. Every movie he’s been in in the 2000’s proves.cstrangecthing to question


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