Well, this is interesting. Despite reports coming out of Comic-Con that Evangeline Lilly would be playing a character known as Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man, it has now been revealed that she will in fact be Hope Pym. If the name is familiar, it's because that's the daughter of Hank and Janet Pym in the MC2 alternate universe which also features Spider-Girl. She has a twin brother called Henry and eventually becomes the villainous Red Queen following the death of her parents, something she blames the Avengers for. While we could see this play out in the movie, it still seems far more likely that the Lost star will be a new version of The Wasp, a character that Joss Whedon had at one point included in an early draft of The Avengers. We don't know what role Janet will play in Ant-Man, but she will obviously be far too old at this point to become a member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Turning Hope into a villain seems like it would just be a wasted opportunity, wouldn't you agree?
Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll have found their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the female lead and antagonist, respectively, in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” in theaters July 17, 2015!
Lilly will play Hope Pym, the daughter of Hank Pym, while Stoll will play Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket, the antagonist of the film. The two join stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), along with director Peyton Reed, for the size-changing super hero’s first cinematic adventure.
“We’ve been fans of Evangeline for years, and couldn’t be more pleased that she’s agreed to join us on Ant-Man’s journey to the big screen,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We look forward to audiences learning more about her character when she joins forces with Hank Pym and Scott Lang in 2015.
"Corey brings depth to every role he plays,” continued Feige. “As a major part of the Ant-Man ensemble, we all wanted an actor who could be both cunning and sympathetic, and help create a character as dynamic as Marvel's best antagonists."
Most recently, Lilly impressed audiences around the world with her portrayal of the willful and skilled Elfin archer Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s second installment of the Hobbit trilogy, “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” and will once again reprise the role in “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” later this year. Lilly was first introduced to audiences, who turned into die-hard fans, when she played Kate Austen for the entire length of ABC’s international hit series “Lost,” for which she also received a Golden Globe nomination and won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award.
Stoll, celebrated for his Golden Globe-nominated turn as Rep. Peter Russo in "House of Cards" on Netflix, recently appeared in "Non-Stop," which opened in first place at the box office earlier this year. The actor currently stars in “The Strain” on FX, the series premiere of which earned eight million viewers, and will next appear in Showtime’s award-winning “Homeland” series.
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