Three actors have left Marvel’s Ant-Man, which suggests that the issues that had previously plagued the film’s production still aren’t over.
Patrick Wilson, Mat Gerald and Kevin Weisman have now all departed, which means that the film is in still in a state of flux following Edgar Wright’s sudden departure from the project back in May.
For the uninitiated, Wright and Marvel butted heads over the way to handle the adaptation of the cult comic to such an extent that the English director decided, despite having worked on the film for over seven-years, he couldn’t proceed in the role. He was then replaced by Peyton Reed.
Early speculation is that Wilson, Gerald and Weisman left for the same reason as Wright, however Marvel have been quick to attest that isn’t the case.
According to Deadline Gerald and Weisman’s characters were actually written out of the film as the script, which has been written by Anchorman’s Adam McKay, evolved. Wilson on the other hand had to drop out after the movie was delayed for several months because of its mounting issues. The actor then learnt that he had a scheduling conflict, which means he will now be recast.
Meanwhile Evangeline Lily has also played down her role in the film, however Ant-Man fans shouldn’t be alarmed as it was pretty obvious that she wasn’t being serious with her comments.
The Lost actress was being interviewed by MTV at San Diego Comic-Con when she was inevitably asked about being in the adaptation. Over the last few months Lily, who is at the event to promote her new children’s book, The Squickerwonkers, has been heavily linked to a leading part opposite Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas in the film but she refused to even acknowledge its existence when quizzed.
“I don’t know what that’s about,” she proclaimed when the topic of Ant-Man was raised. “This is the first time I’m hearing about that idea.” However the fact that she had a huge smile plastered across her face and she used a sarcastic tone indicates that she knew exactly what was going on.
Ant-Man is set to revolve around Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, a con-man who has the ability to shrink down in scale but increase in strength. Alongside his mentor, Michael Douglas’ Dr. Hank Pym, Lang has to protect his incredible Ant-Man suit, which allows him to change sizes. Pym and Lang then decide that they have to pull of a heist that will ultimately save the world, but in order to do so they will have to overcome numerous odds.