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Paul Rudd is Ant-Man. And now Michael Douglas is Hank Pym.

The latest news directly from Marvel Studios has the multiple Academy Award winner joining the Edgar Wright written and directed film as Henry Pym, the inventor of the technology that he, Scott Lang, and Eric O'Grady have all used to change size as three versions of Ant-Man in the history of Marvel Comics.

Rudd, likewise, after much speculation has been officially confirmed as Scott Lang in the film. In the comics, Lang is the second Ant-Man, after stealing the suit and technology to help his sick daughter. Pym helped Lang become a superhero in his own right, eventually joining the Avengers and being a replacement leader of the Fantastic Four. No plot details for the film, including Pym and Lang's relationship, have been revealed yet.

"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 press release. "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."

Ant-Man is scheduled for release from Marvel Studios on July 31, 2015.

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