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REPORT: Paul Rudd in talks to star in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

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Paul Rudd may be best known for his high-profile supporting comedic roles, but the veteran actor might be going the superhero route. The Wrap reports that Rudd has been cast as biochemist Hank Pym in director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

The Kevin Feige-produced Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015 and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but little else is known about Marvel’s newest addition to their big-screen superhero universe. For instance, there may be a second character — Scott Lang — who steals Pym’s discoveries and becomes Ant-Man.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was reportedly in talks for the project as well, but he denied any involvement back in October. He’s also just signed on to produce the big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, which could get in the way of any potential Ant-Man plans.

A rep for Marvel declined to confirm the reports.