Edgar Wright Exits Marvel's Ant-Man

Edgar Wright Exits Marvel's Ant-Man

Director Edgar Wright has left Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man, which will star funnyman Paul Rudd (Anchorman, Knocked Up).

In a joint statement from the Shaun of the Dead director and Marvel, it was announced that “the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their visions of the film.”

Wright first announced his participation in the project in 2006. He had since worked on the script with his friend Joe Cornish, director of Attack the Block -- which stars John Boyega, who was recently named one of the leads in the upcoming Star Wars sequel. The project stalled, however, heading into what Wright called “a holding pattern” for several years until the recent casting announcements of Rudd and The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly.

The director of the acclaimed comedy series “Spaced,” Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, and The World’s End, Wright had been the champion (and main selling point) of the film since its inception. As such, the news of his departure is both surprising and somewhat concerning (though it’s Marvel, and Marvel rarely, if ever, makes a misstep).

Much like when nerd-overlord Joss Whedon was tapped to direct The Avengers, the choice of Edgar Wright as the director of Ant-Man felt like a huge coup for the geek set. Neither director was a “gun for hire,” instead approaching the Marvel Universe with the outlook of a fan. With Wright gone, we hope Marvel will choose an equally engaged director.

In addition to Rudd and Lilly, Ant-Man will also star Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Patrick Wilson. It will be released in theatres on July 17, 2015.

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