Patrick Wilson and Two Others Exit ANT-MAN

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Kind of an embarrassing, previously-announced co-stars Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Kevin Weisman (Alias) and Matt Gerard (Avatar) have exited the Marvel Studios’ upcoming Ant-Man.

Wilson has pulled out of project due to a scheduling conflict, though Deadline brings word that Weisman and Gerard characters were written out of the film.

As you probably know, the studio retools Ant-Man to fit the ongoing rewrites and vision of new director Peyton Reed. Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer were recently hired to rewrite Adam McKay’s revisions.

Wilson is more of a hero kind of actor and I’m glad he’s out. When I first heard he was cast, I was hoping Wilson would be Hank Pym Jr. I also like the idea of Michael Douglas being a golden age Hank Pym. But there was speculation that Wilson would play Darren Cross, a character who is a bit of a Tony Stark-type in the comics, and whose own story is related to that of Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd.

I thought it’s most likely due to the fact that Insidious: Chapter 3 is filming soon, but he’s replaced by Dermot Mulroney and won’t join the horror sequel either.

Whatever the case, major stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly would be appearing at Marvel Studios Hall H panel today at 5:30 PM PST. We’ll likely know a lot more about Ant-Man and who will replace Wilson in the film when the studio presents its Comic-Con panel.

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