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Ant-Man cast revealed at Comic-Con

Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll are all set to join Paul Rudd in Ant-Man, it has been revealed.

At Marvel's Comic-Con panel Evangeline Lilly confirmed she'll play Hope Pym, while Michael will play her father Dr Hank Pym.

House of Cards star Corey Stoll is set to play the villain Darren Cross, also known as Yellowjacket.

Hope Pym eventually becomes the villainous Red Queen in the comic books, but it is not known if she will be good or bad in the film.

Evangeline said: "I can't tell you anything else about her because I don't know. I've been evading the press over the last two days at Comic-Con about who I'll be playing."

Paul called the role of superhero Ant-Man "a mind-bender", while Michael said he'd long looked at Marvel films "from afar with tremendous envy" and was excited to join the comic-based world.

Director Peyton Reed, who took over from Edgar Wright after he exited over creative issues, has been coming to Comic-Con for 20 years and been an Ant-Man fan for even longer.

Paul confessed in an interview after the panel that Edgar's departure was "a bit intense" for the cast.

"It undoubtedly hit some speed bumps," he said. "I'm just thrilled that we're at where we're at now... And I know it will continue to evolve."

Evangelina, who'd been keeping her casting a secret and denying it in Comic-Con interviews, said Edgar "had been the guy to really rope us in. And his vision and his excitement and his passion and his ability as a filmmaker was part of the appeal, originally."

She added that the cast still wants to honour his vision.

"He really constructed the foundation and the backbone of what we are going to work from," she said. "And we just want to do right by him and make him proud."

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said production on the film, due in theaters next summer, is set to begin in two weeks. Even though shooting hasn't begun, filmmakers offered a peek at the film's look.

A brief clip showed Dr Pym's laboratory and a tiny superhero piloting a fly.

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