Michael Douglas joked about it taking ten years for him to step into the cape of Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, but it took him a lot less time to land a major role in an upcoming Marvel movie.
According to Variety, Douglas has singed on for the role of Hank Pym, a scientist and villain in the new film.
“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,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “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.”
Not much else is known about Ant-Man beyond the games of those working on the project. Douglas will join Paul Rudd in the cast and will be working with director Edgar Wright for the first time.
Meanwhile, in the land of actor’s reviving their careers, Marvel continues to go all Quentin Tarantino on us and cast old stars in high profile roles. It’s hard to say that Douglas is reviving his career after just winning a Golden Globe, but the audience for Behind the Candelabra and Ant-Man will likely be two wildly different groups.