A little over a week ago, we got word that ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Conjuring’ star Patrick Wilson was in talks to join Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’. While the report held no concrete clues about the role that he’s taking, the phrase “charismatic leading man” was thrown around. However, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas seem to be the ones that will be stepping into that description for this Phase Three film. But regardless of who he will be playing, we now have confirmation that the actor will indeed be heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During an interview with Screen Rant at South By Southwest for his latest film ‘Space Station 76’, Wilson was asked about his involvement in the upcoming film featuring Hank Pym and Scott Lang. In the video below, you can see that he is clearly having a bit of fun with his answers about this Marvel project, but he does mention that his is actually in the movie and his role is “important”:
Previously, some sources speculated that Wilson would be playing Darren Cross, a Tony Stark-type that crosses paths with Lang during his origin story because they seek the assistance of the same surgeon, Erica Sondheim. Cross does play an important part in Lang’s evolution into Ant-Man, so maybe that’s who why he chose the word “important” instead of big or small like the reporter asked. Or maybe he sensed Marvel snipers nearby and just gave the most vague answers he could, as many who sign on with the House of Ideas tend to do in the early stages of one of their films.
Even though Wilson won’t be playing the titular hero like many fans predicted he would way before the film was on the schedule, at least he’ll still be appearing in ‘Ant-Man’. Now, who do you think that he’ll play if he’s not Hank Pym or Scott Lang? Do you subscribe to the theory that he’ll be playing Darren Cross or is there another “important” figure related to Ant-Man that he may be lined up to play? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.
‘Ant-Man’ starring Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd hits theaters on July 17, 2015.