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Paul Rudd asking for more money for "Ant-Man" role + more details on the film


Marvel may want Paul Rudd to put on that iconic 'Ant-Man' costume, but it looks as though he might be after a bit more cash…
After plenty of rumours and speculation about who will star in Marvel's upcoming 'Ant-Man' movie, there's been one name that repeatedly comes to the top of the list: Paul Rudd. But the friendly-faced comedy actor is apparently putting up a bit of a fight… as rumours claim that he's after a higher pay check before he'll sign any contracts.

According to The Daily Superhero, the 44-year-old actor has brought negotiations to a stand-still as he attempts to wrangle a bit more cash out of Marvel Studios.

"One of the issues with signing Rudd right now is the pending release of his next potential blockbuster film, Anchorman 2," they claim. "While Rudd is just a supporting actor in the film, the source says his stock will be as high as ever after the film becomes a huge hit this holiday season. (Some speculation by the source there but let's be honest in agreeing that Anchorman 2 will make a ton of box office cash.)"

It's this rising stock that has apparently been the issue. "Rudd's people may be using his upcoming film as leverage for a more lucrative deal." But is this pure speculation or a really well-informed source?

I can't help thinking that this could just be a well-made observation. After all, if Paul Rudd is being chased for the role of 'Ant-Man' there's no doubt that 'his people' will use every tactic available to negotiate a better deal. But does that really mean that 'Ant-Man' is being delayed as negotiations continue?

Honestly… probably not. But if that is the case, you can't blame them for trying. After all, Marvel has already proved to be a bit stingy with their actors after 'Avengers Assemble'. Let's just hope his fee doesn't turn out to be as small as Ant-Man.

Do you think Paul Rudd is up for the Ant-Man role? Do you think he's causing a fuss to get a better deal? Let us know what you think in the comments below


New Ant-Man Casting Call Gives Some Clues – But Which Ant-Man Are We Looking At Here?

So plenty of people thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd seemed like miscasts for Henry Pym, the scientist who first becomes Marvel superhero Ant-Man, but new casting breakdowns for the long-gestating Edgar Wright film seem to suggest maybe Pym isn’t the version of the eventual Avenger we’re going to get at all.

This one in particular:

Young girl, aged 6 to 9 – intelligent and appealing

seems like it could be a good fit for Cassie Lang, daughter of Scott Lang, the second man to don the Ant-Man costume and moniker and fight crime alongside other Marvel superheros.

But do Rudd and Gordon-Levitt seem like good fits for Lang? Really, aren’t they more suited Eric O’Grady, the low level S.H.I.E.L.D. operative with few morals and self-serving conniving tendencies who steals the suit for his own selfish gain? Hard to say, but here are the rest of the characters seeking actors:

Asian male, 30s – huge, tough and intimidating, comic ability

Caucasian male, 30s – over 6′, dangerous and rough, comedic

Italian-American male, 50s – scary and unusual features, deadpan humour

Russian male – 30s or 40s, wiry and smart, deadpan humour

Male, 20s or 30s – Under 5’8″, smart and funny

Not much to go on there, at least for this writer who’s not super familiar with the source material. However, perhaps over-thinking it is in play here. After all, Schmoes Know– whose scoops have been proven correct one after the other in recent weeks – reported Rudd is indeed close to signing on for Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, and that Rashida Jones is the favorite for his better half, Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp.

Either way, we know nothing, so a lot of possibilities are open here. Speculate away.

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