By Brian Truitt
Fresh off a Golden Globes win, Michael Douglas is joining the superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios announced Monday that Douglas has been cast as Hank Pym and will join star Paul Rudd in the movieAnt-Man, directed by Edgar Wright (The World's End) and slated for release on July 31, 2015.
"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," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said 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."
In the comic books, Pym first appeared in 1962 inTales to AstonishNo. 27 and was the first person to take the Ant-Man moniker as one of the original Avengers team. Scott Lang, the role played by Rudd, later used Pym's technology to become the shrinking superhero.
Douglas, 69, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday for his portrayal of Liberace in HBO'sBehind the Candelabra, is the latest Oscar winner to be cast in one of Marvel's movies, joining the likes of Anthony Hopkins (Thorand its sequel), Jeff Bridges (Iron Man), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) Robert Redford (April'sCaptain America: The Winter Soldier) and Benicio Del Toro (August'sGuardians of the Galaxy).