Either Paul Rudd or Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Likely Play Ant-Man

Paul Rudd & Joseph Gordon Levitt
(Getty Images)Marvel has had massive success with its jam-packed stable of high-profile heroes over the past few years, but its next hero is a little less well-known, and a little sillier than we've seen onscreen so far. Ant-Man, in the hands of Edgar Wright (Shaun of the DeadThe World's End), is rumored to be at least in part a comedy, or at least moreso than, say, The Avengers, and now Variety reports the race for the lead role has come down to two everyman type leads: Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

For his part Gordon-Levitt flirted with superheroics in The Dark Knight Rises in which he played a police officer who seemed to become Batman's heir apparent near the end of the movie. According to Variety, Wright is strongly considering the two actors, but someone else could always sneak in.

In the comic books, Ant-Man's alter-ego is Henry Pym, a super scientist who develops a method of making himself grow and shrink at will, and who is able to communicate with insects. As for the look of the film, so far all we have to go on is one Twitter picture tweeted by Wright earlier this month.

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