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Michael Douglas joins Marvel's Ant-Man

Michael Douglas in The Sentinel

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Douglas has signed up to star in his first comic book movie, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

Fresh from winning a Golden Globe for his performance as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra, the 69-year-old actor has now been snapped up to star opposite Paul Rudd in the Marvel Studios’ production.

He will play scientist Hank Pym, the scientist who discovers particles that allow a person to change size. Rudd, meanwhile, will play Scott Lang, a reformed thief who steals the technology in order to save his ill daughter.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed the casting news on the company’s website, Marvel.com, saying: “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.

“We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step in to 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.”

Ant-Man is set to be released on July 31, 2015.

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