According to a casting call obtained by various news outlets, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, directed by Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World helmer Edgar Wright, will begin shooting in January for a November 2015 release date.
There’s no detail on who might star in the film or even a logline as to what it might be about, but it does confirm–assuming it’s authentic–that the film will be shooting in London and that Hank Pym will be the titular, shrinking hero. Neither of those pieces of information was in much doubt, but as ever, nothing can be assumed until official announcements start to be made. Since there have been three major characters to be Ant-Man over the years, it wouldn’t be completely out of the realm of possibility to see Scott Lang or Eric O’Grady putting on the helmet–particularly when you consider that O’Grady was the last Ant-Man to have his own monthly series, and that he’s got connections to superstar comics-and-TV writer Robert Kirkman.
Says the call (as quoted by an Examiner blogger):
Arad Productions in association with Big Talk Productions are in the pre-production stages of the highly anticipated Marvel Studios action adventure sci-fi thriller feature film “Ant-Man”. Walt Disney Studios, the parent company of Marvel Enterprises, announced that the film has been greenlit. Filming is scheduled to start this January, 2012 for a November 6, 2015 release date. People’s Choice Award winning Canadian actor Nathan Fillion has been mentioned for the lead role of Hank Pym, also known as Ant Man. The project will shoot at Pinewood Studios in England, and other locations around London and the United Kingdom.
“Ant-Man” centers on Biophysicist Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym, who becomes a superhero after discovering a chemical substance that allows him to change his size. Armed with a helmet and suit that could control ants, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect to become the mystery-solving Ant-Man. Scott Lang became Pym’s successor after stealing Ant-Man suit to save his daughter Cassie from a heart condition. At one point the film adaptation was said to involve both Pym and Lang, however this is to be seen after the film comes out in theaters.
Three-time British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA Award nominated English filmmaker Edgar Wright will direct “Ant-Man” from an adapted screenplay written by himself and BAFTA Award nominee Joe Cornish. Wright has been working on the script for over 6 years, with a third draft given to Marvel in June, 2011. The studio officially presented the character Ant Man with an entertaining and riveting test video at Comic-Con 2012. Ant Man had very unique abilities where he transforms instantly from full size to tiny size and and vice versa. He is also portrayed as a trained operative.
Details on how talent can submit for acting roles, and registration information for extras can be found on the following casting post: