Oscar-winning actor enters Marvel Cinematic Universe…

Marvel has announced that legendary actor Michael Douglas (‘Behind the Candelabra,’ ‘The Game’) has joined the cast of Edgar Wright’s superhero action-adventure ‘Ant-Man.’

The two-time Academy Award-winner will play Hank Pym, who first appeared in ‘Tales To Astonish’ #27 (Jan. 1962). Pym is a biophysicist and security operations centre expert who, after discovering a chemical substance that allows the user to alter his size, decides to become a superhero, taking on the mantle of the mystery-solving Ant-Man.

Previously cast Paul Rudd (‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,’ ‘This is 40’) is leading the film, playing Scott Lang, a reformed-thief who picks up the mantle of Ant-Man in order to save his terminally ill daughter.

“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,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in a statement. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into 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.”

The film, which will launch Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is gearing up for a May start with filming take place in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Georgia. Wright co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (‘Attack the Block,’ ‘The Adventures of Tintin’).