Clifton Collins Jr. Has Apparently Joined ANT-MAN Cast

The casting for this one really looks to be heating up. It seems that in addition to Michael Pena, Pacific Rim actor Clifton Collins Jr. has also signed on to star in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man flick. Read on for more.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 1/15/2014


In their story on yesterday's Michael Pena casting, The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that Marvel were also looking at the likes of Javier Bardem and Clifton Collins Jr. to fill their "tough Latino" quota for Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Well now, according to Latino Review's new trigger man, the latter has actually been cast alongside Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas - you'll note this infers that Pena hasn't actually signed on yet.




Obviously as sure as this young fella seems to be, until it's official it's ...not official, so take it as you will. But Collins is a fine actor and would be a great addition to any cast so I for one hope that it is true. Who might he be playing? Well we got some pretty odd sounding information on Pena's villainous character last night, so perhaps Collins is allied with him? Guess we'll find out soon enough.
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BatManiac - 1/15/2014, 8:16 AM
Cue in the bandwagoners that became Ant-Man fans 5 minutes after Michael Douglas was cast.
DEVLIN712 - 1/15/2014, 8:17 AM
Beat to Ant-Man casting news by seconds for the third day in a row

QuestiontheAnswer - 1/15/2014, 8:21 AM
Is he 70 years old as well?
cipher - 1/15/2014, 8:23 AM
DEV- Hahahahaha, don't feel bad, mate. I'm here for ya.
Jollem - 1/15/2014, 8:24 AM
clifton is a pimp. loved him in crank 2 and the experiment
DEVLIN712 - 1/15/2014, 8:25 AM
Ciph
What am I supposed to do? DCMarvel beat me to Douglas and Peña, Mark beat me to Collins!
ezio619 - 1/15/2014, 8:26 AM
Question-he is 43

anyway , if this is legit and he has signed on in the michael pena role, i would buy him more as an evil dictator in the 60s which was the villain for hank pym in the 60s then michael pena, pena is a great actor but he just seems to soft and not hard edged enough o i buy this more if it is legit
BatManiac - 1/15/2014, 8:28 AM
Is Hank Pym just a cosmetic change though? No.

So the point you are trying to make is invalid. I've said before and I'll say again, I had no problem with cosmetic change. Heck, Paul Rudd was a cosmetic change when he was believe to be Hank Pym since he doesn't have blonde hair and I had no problem with that, just like I'd have no problem with Hank Pym being black. Why? Because it is only after all just a COSMETIC change that only effects the character cosmetically.

I'm a fan of Hank Pym because of who he is as a character, not because of his skin color. I've said time and time again, I'm open to change but when it compromises the character like making Hank Pym a senior citizen in his debut to the big screen, that's something I can't get down with.
McNyagano - 1/15/2014, 8:31 AM
We still get to see Hank Pym as Ant-Man in his prime in the 60's fighting communists. He's still the very first Ant-Man until Scott Lang takes over the mantle. Funny enough, I've recently started reading the Ant-Man comics. We'll see how special Hank really is as a character.
cipher - 1/15/2014, 8:32 AM
DEV- Heh, just do what I do when I'm absolutely crushed by something..

Laugh it off until you've actually convinced yourself it's funny. Or we can just man-hug it out. Man-hug, mate? Let's go.. let's man-hug it out. C'mere, man.
JoeMomma29 - 1/15/2014, 8:34 AM
@ Batmaniac and Soto

I am sure Marvelites will rave about all casting choices not matter who it is. Heck if they casted Gal for Gamora they would be running in the streets rejoicing.
McNyagano - 1/15/2014, 8:35 AM

"Does it make sense for a biochemist to create a robot? I don't think so. Like you just said if you are a fan of who he is and not because of his skin color, then just cause he was cast as an old man doesn't mean the character has been ruined at all, cause like color is just a color, age is just an age."

I hate to agree with you here but you may have a point. The matter of fact is Hank is being introduced in the film as young and the first Ant-Man fighting communists I presume. Then they will time jump to the present day where he's retired and have Scott's story. Hank will still be Ant-Man in the film, his age is not much of an issue with me. It doesn't destroy or butcher the character because he'll still be a genius. Whether he interacts with The Avengers, that will remain to be seen.
Dustellar - 1/15/2014, 8:37 AM
Hank Pym is not only a biochemist, he is more... please, read the Wiki at least.

Ultron is an AI not only a robot, many believe that to create the perfect AI should first study the human brain,Pym's specialty.

Sorry for my bad English, I'm using a translator.
MrReese - 1/15/2014, 8:38 AM
"Heck if they casted Gal for Gamora they would be running in the streets rejoicing." lmao XD
Dustellar - 1/15/2014, 8:41 AM
So... read comics.
Abilities:

Scientific Genius-Level Intellect: Dr. Henry Pym is one of the world's foremost biochemists and also possesses considerable expertise in numerous scientific fields such as subatomic physics, robotics, cybernetics, programming, emergency medicine, optics and entomology. His high I.Q. makes him one of the nine smartest people in the world capable of rivaling others such as Reed Richards and is regarded by the Eternity as the Earth's "Scientist Supreme"

He create Ultron, repair and save Vision, create Salvation I, help Ultron create Jocasta, create Rover.
HeadPool420 - 1/15/2014, 8:43 AM
Clifton is a cool guy! Bumped into him at a store on Hollywood blvd and he was super friendly. Good for him!
BatManiac - 1/15/2014, 8:47 AM
You are being ignorant to presume my issues are just with the characters age, when its way more than that. Key moments in the characters history have been stripped away. He was in his prime when the rest of The Avengers were children, something that is highly inaccurate when it comes to the comics. There are rumors flying around about Pym's wife Janet actually being his daughter in the MCU and Pym will not be Ultron's creator and so on.

Changing a characters age is a lot different from changing the color of their skin. As BlackJack just said, by Johnny Storm can be black and still do everything Johnny done in the comics, however Hank Pym being a senior citizen puts limitations on the character to the point he can't just do exactly what he done in the comics, for example, unlike in the comics, the Hank Pym of the MCU wont be suiting up with The Avengers in his prime.
Dustellar - 1/15/2014, 8:48 AM
Sorry but Hank Pym >>>>> Tony Stark... even in engineering, comics say that, Ultron says that, all the writers said that.

The difference is that Tony created his suit to save his life, Hank could do the same or better armor, is demonstrated with Ultron... the best AI ever.
mctrinket - 1/15/2014, 8:49 AM
The more I think about it, the more it's a mistake ot make Pym such a dottering oldster--if only because they need another superbrain in the field with the team. Seems like a gross misstep by Marvel.
Ocelot - 1/15/2014, 8:49 AM
70 is the new 24.
ezio619 - 1/15/2014, 8:49 AM
there are certain limitations in a 2hr plus movie, if hank pym(younger) was introduced in Age of Ultron and he also built Ultron in the film and then he had this journey in the movie of dealing with creating this sentinent being, thats alot in a 2hr movie plus we have to focus on the other characters that the audience is familiar with and invested in, so having hank pym who is going to be introduced in the movie and the audience has no investment in right now, then he creates the villain of the film and he has a conflict with that, we as comic fans maybe invested but the GA will be like" who the hell is this guy, why should we care, this guy just showed up and we hav e to care about while we know little to nothing about him " so i can understand that and edgar wright just had an idea to make this kind of a legacy movie
TopCat89 - 1/15/2014, 8:52 AM


DEVLIN712 - 1/15/2014, 8:52 AM
Ciph
Sure
Donekin - 1/15/2014, 8:53 AM
I just read a report, from a not so credible source, that Hank Pym is the bad guy in Antman. True? Anyone?

http://www.justjared.com/2014/01/13/michael-douglas-lands-lead-villain-role-in-marvels-ant-man/
SuperCat - 1/15/2014, 8:54 AM
Lol @ batz

I was thinking the same thing!!
GizmoEl - 1/15/2014, 8:55 AM
Hahahah I just realized where I remember this guy from. He was in Scott pilgrim as the vegan police. Hahahahah one of my favorite scenes
zemus - 1/15/2014, 8:56 AM
He is totally the Klaw!




NoAssemblyReqd - 1/15/2014, 8:56 AM
Is he playing younger 1960s Hank Pym?
McNyagano - 1/15/2014, 8:57 AM
We are still gonna get an Ant-man vs Ant-Man battle in the film and guess who will be the other Ant-man other than Scott? That's right Hank Pym We don't know for sure if hank appears in future Avengers or not. Hank can still pop up in the Avengers if it needs be. This is the MCU not the comics guys. We're still gonna see Hank suit up in the 60's and in the present too. There won't be any limitations to what he can do if he will be fighting Scott in an Ant-Man suit, he's still a genius level intellect regardless of age. I understand the dissapointment but I'm willing to wait and see how all this plays out. Remember, we know Hank and Scott will still teamup in the movie.
NovaCorpsFan - 1/15/2014, 8:57 AM
I agree that Lang's story is far more compelling and makes for better movie material than Pym's story.
NoAssemblyReqd - 1/15/2014, 8:57 AM
I remember Collins as the assassin in TRAFFIC.
BatManiac - 1/15/2014, 8:59 AM
@MrBlackJack

"I mean, it seemed to be fine when everybody assumed Rudd was Pym, but now that Marvel has come out and said something, it's now "for the better"."

EXACTLY!
CherryBomb - 1/15/2014, 9:01 AM
My problem is more to do with Janet's involvement.
She's one of my favourite female characters and I was hoping she'd be the female lead.

I have an eerie suspicion they're going to make Janet either a trophy wife who falls for Lang make Janet Hanks daughter and both wouldn't be good.
ezio619 - 1/15/2014, 9:02 AM
Mrblackjack-i was fine with rudd being pym, but imo this is more interesting to me personally, i am not a fan of any ant man at all,i do find hank pym to be interesting but im by no means a fan, i just find it to more interesting personally
BatManiac - 1/15/2014, 9:03 AM
@Nova

Are you for real? Can I just ask, do you read the comics? Because I'm having a hard time understanding how any Marvel fan could say Scott Lang's story is more compelling than Hank Pym's.

To me, that's like saying Sam Alexander's story is more compelling than Richard Rider's or Terry McGinnis' story is more compelling than Bruce Wayne's.
mrHJK - 1/15/2014, 9:04 AM
I'm curious who will be 1960s Pym. I'm interested in this approach because I like a little more history added to the MCU between WW2 & now
Nightwing87 - 1/15/2014, 9:05 AM
@DEVLIN712 even if you were first- the main guys on here will take over the article. I was the first to post about the Wonder Woman casting but @Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy took over my article, with no credit. Im not complaining about the site, i love it and visit every day, but just stating facts.
TheRealistStarLord - 1/15/2014, 9:06 AM
Good casting so far..
DestroyerofHaters - 1/15/2014, 9:07 AM
Can't decide if Soto is a hater, or fan....
BatManiac - 1/15/2014, 9:09 AM
Wait, when did I 'knock' anybody? You are welcome to LOVE this casting, but lets get what thing straight here and now. If your that guy, like so many of you are, who said "I don't care for the character, so I don't care what they do" but then had the audacity to act as if us fans of the character have no right to be pissed to the direction Marvel Studios are taking the character, you can go screw yourself.
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