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Peyton Reed to direct Ant-Man film

A director has finally been chosen for the upcoming Ant-Man movie.

Peyton Reed, who was at the helm of Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man, will take the reins on the superhero film, Marvel has announced.

The director's slot became vacant after Edgar Wright dropped out. Filmmaker Adam McKay was then tipped to take over but last week it was reported that he had pulled out of talks himself.

However, Adam will still be involved, as Marvel has said he will help with the script for the movie.

British filmmaker Edgar exited Ant-Man in May. He and Marvel released a joint statement saying they had differences over their vision for the film and had made an "amicable" decision to part ways. It was later reported that Edgar quit due to clashes with Marvel over the script.

Michael Douglas, who will star in the film, has broken his silence over Edgar's departure, admitting it was "very disappointing".

In a video on website Schmoes Know he was asked about the director's exit and said: "I was, very disappointed. I'm a big fan of his movies [and] it's a very disappointing situation."

He said Edgar's departure was "very late in the game", adding: "I don't think anybody's quite recovered."

Michael continued: "My heart goes out to Edgar. He's been involved with the project for a long time, but he's talented enough that you'll be hearing a whole lot from him, and I'm sure with a little vengeance."

The movie, adapted from the Ant-Man comics, features Hugh Pym (Michael) who invents a way of shrinking himself to the size of an insect. His breakthrough is taken up by reformed thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) years later, and he becomes the superhero character.

Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson also have roles in Ant-Man, which is due to be released in cinemas on July 17, 2015.

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