So last night the Marvel rumor mill coughed up word that Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were the “front-runners” to land the lead role in Edgar Wright‘s “Ant-Man.” Well now, less than 24 hours later, the first swift denial has arrived, keeping the perpetual motion machine of Marvel talk going.
AlloCine happened to catch Gordon-Levitt today, in France doing promo for “Don Jon,” and seized upon the opportunity to quickly knock down any talk of the superhero movie. “There are always rumors. I talk a lot about my future projects, so if you haven’t heard me talk about it, it means it’s nothing but a rumor,” he told the site. “People like to write about [rumors].”
He also added that that talk that he passed any auditions or tests are “nothing but lies.” Damn.
That pours some cold water on the trade report that stated that only a final meeting with Marvel executives and Edgar Wright remained before a decision between Rudd and Gordon-Levitt was made. Perhaps this means another actor or more will possibly come into the mix, as was suggested yesterday, as Marvel and Wright figure out who will take the part of Henry Pym (with Variety adding that any talk of both Pym and Scott Lang appearing in the film “seems unlikely”).
Still, there’s time to figure things out as “Ant-Man” isn’t due in cinemas until July 31, 2015.