According to Variety‘s story on Michael Pena’s involvement in Ant-Man, both Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard have caught Marvel’s attention in the search for a female lead.
Howard might be a hard booking to make as she’s already got Jurassic World lined up at more or less the same time. Perhaps a little Ant magic can be worked on the schedules.
Rashida Jones has oft been linked to the role of Janet van Dyne, aka The Wasp. I can see how that makes sense. She’s a proven pairing with Rudd so I’d like to see them share the screen again.
I’ve been told that the female lead of this film is the daughter of the second male lead. In light of the last day’s news, that pretty clearly marks her out as the offspring of Hank Pym. If he had a daughter in the comics, I don’t know about her.
It bears pointing out that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish devised their take on Ant-Man a good while ago now and before any kind of briefing from Marvel Studios. They may have (rightly) felt at liberty to play fast and loose with comics continuity.
And the removal of The Wasp from Joss Whedon’s plans for The Avengers could be seen as circumstantial evidence too if you’re so inclined.
Perhaps the casting of Michael Douglas, who is of an age where either Howard or Jones could be his daughter, and they both look enough like him that it would work in a movie version, is also suggestive.
So I suspect that Van Dyne senior and Hank Pym may have been conflated. Perhaps. Or maybe Vernon van Dyne is about to be cast and he’ll have a bigger part than Pym.
I think we’ll be finding out fairly soon, as the female role is cast…
In other news: Hollywood is absolutely buzzing with uncommonly attractive people.