Rudd will portray Ant-Man and his alter-ego Henry Pym, a scientist who discovers a formula that allows him to shrink down to the size of an ant, the BBC reports. For those curious about what such a pint-sized hero can achieve, know this: in his first-ever comic appearance, Ant-Man took down several Soviet agents trying to steal his shrinking serum – and triumphed with the help of, yes, an army of ants.
Ant-Man will be directed by Edgar Wright, who helmed the action-packed trilogy Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Wright reportedly also helped with the screenplay, which is being penned by Joe Cornish (The Adventures of Tintin).
While there have been no other casting announcements for Ant-Man yet, Rudd was reportedly up for the role alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who signed on instead to produce DC Comics’ Sandman.
Before he suits up, though, Rudd reprises his role as Brian Fantana in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which opened in theaters yesterday. You can also watch Rudd and the rest of the Channel 4 News team go head-to-head with the boys of One Direction when the actor hosted a recent episode of Saturday Night Live.