Bobby Cannavale Will Be Playing A New Character In Ant-Man

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Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire") is doing press for his new drama Danny Collins, and during a roundtable interview he was asked about his upcoming role in Ant-Man. Cannavale said the humor in Ant-Man is comparable with Guardians of the Galaxy and that he is playing a new character.

Cannavle's Ant-Man character is named Paxton, but we don't know much more than that. There's a good reason for that, as he isn't from Marvel Comics. "Yeah. He’s a new character," Cannavale told Collider. "I mean the whole story is pretty new because the origin story of Dr. Hank Pym who’s the original Ant-Man, that’s Michael Douglas’s character, and so Paul’s (Rudd) character is sort of a protégé. The whole story is really new so he’s a new character."

Cannavel seemed to be in heaven shooting Ant-Man as he was impressed with the talent of the cast, the humor of the script and getting to work with blue/green screens quite a bit for the special effects. "That was a really cool experience, because as big as that movie is and really as big a production as that was, the actual work in the scenes were really fun," Cannavle explained. "It felt like we were on an indie film. Rudd is one of my oldest friends. Most of our scenes are together, like me and Paul and Judy Greer. And so, both those actors are really good improvisers. Adam McKay and Paul did a big rewrite on that script.  So the scenes themselves felt like an indie film. It really felt like a comedy that we were doing. And then, of course, you have those big scenes. I spent so much time in front of a blue screen and that was just a trip for me. I’m not used to that kind of thing. But it was really a good combination of bringing a real off-the-cuff sensibility to a big, huge action movie. That was really fun and I think that probably happened because Guardians of the Galaxy was such a success. So it didn’t feel like I was working in a really serious superhero movie. It didn’t feel like Thor or something like that."

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel's Ant-Man hits theaters July 17, 2015.