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Michael Douglas laments Edgar Wright Ant-Man departure

Michael Douglas in The Sentinel

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Douglas has described the departure of director Edgar Wright from Ant-Man as “very disappointing”.

Speaking in a video interview published on the Schmoes Know website, the former Oscar winner – who is playing Hank Pym in the film, said everyone was still trying to process the decision – but he predicted that the British filmmaker would come back stronger for it.

Douglas, the first cast member to speak publicly about the situation, said: “I’m a big fan of his movies [and] it’s a very disappointing situation. It happened very late in the game [and] I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered.v

“[However] my heart goes out to Edgar. He’s been involved with the project for a long time, but he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him, and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”

Peyton Reed has since been confirmed as Wright’s replacement, while Anchorman‘s Adam McKay will retool the screenplay.

The official synopsis for the film now reads: “Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (to be played by Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr Hank Pym (Douglas), 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.”

Support for Wright continues to gain momentum, however, with even Marvel luminaries taking to Twitter to give him their backing in spite of his decision to depart.

Joss Whedon, of The Avengers fame, was one who expressed his regret and sorrow for Wright’s situation, while James Gunn, director of forthcoming Marvel title Guardians of the Galaxy, wrote on Facebook: “Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. But little by little you realise, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together.”

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