Evangeline Lilly over Ant-Man

Volgend jaar gaan zowel Marvel Studios’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, als Ant-Man in première. Een van de hoofdrollen wordt gespeeld door Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne). In een interview sprak ze over de film en haar rol. Ze vertelde:

“Initially, I was like, no way. No way. And then they said, ‘Paul Rudd’s playing the lead.’ And I was like, ‘Oh sh*t. I love Paul Rudd. I really want to work with him!’ So I was like, ‘OK, well, send me the script. I’ll read it and I’ll consider it.’ And then I started watching Marvel [Studios] movies, which I hadn’t done before. … I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to movies — like, the popcorn-munching movies, I never go see them. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought, these are actually incredible — they’re making fantastic films.”

Lilly sprak tevens over het vertrek van Wright:

“We all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, Well, if it’s because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I’m not interested in being in this movie. Which is what I was afraid of.’

“I finally got the script literally the day before I was supposed to go in for fittings…I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world. I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic [and] a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar’s incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they’ve built.”

Lilly ging verder over haar personage in de film:

“I thought Edgar’s idea to blend the [Hank and Scott] stories was brilliant,” she says. “You’re going to have fans up there who insist that you tell the story of Hank Pym, and fans up there who will be more on the Scott Lang side of it. … I think we are going to come close to pleasing them all. And what’s cool is that, you know, Janet Van Dyne is my mom. Hank Pym is my father. I was raised by two superheroes. I’m no schlump. I’m a pretty smart, competent, capable, kick-ass female. She’s very cool.”

Dokter Hank Pym heeft een stof ontwikkeld waardoor hij materie enorm kan verkleinen en gelijktijdig het veel meer kracht kan geven. Hij verwerkt dit in een speciaal pak en de militaire potentie wordt snel duidelijk. Pym wil daar echter niets van weten maar wordt door zijn assistent Darren Cross buitenspel gezet. Pym moet de hulp inroepen van de wat sullige inbreker Scott Lang om door middel van het spectaculaire Ant-man pak de duistere plannen van Cross te verijdelen.

Ant-Man wordt geregisseerd door Peyton Reed. De hoofdrollen in de film worden gespeeld door Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Martin Donovan, Wood Harris, John Slattery, Gregg Turkington, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian en T.I. Peyton. Het scenario is geschreven door Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay en Paul Rudd. Ant-Man draait vanaf 23 juli 2015 in de bioscoop.