LOS ANGELES: Disney-owned Marvel Studios said on Thursday it has cast “Anchorman 2” and “This is 40” actor Paul Rudd to play the lead role in “Ant-Man,” the next hero in its stable of comic book characters to go to the big screen.
Marvel said the choice of Rudd , 44, reflected the studio’s desire “to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes.” Rudd is a staple in the comic films from director Judd Apatow, such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and is currently in theatres in news anchor send-up “Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”–Reuters