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OTRC: Michael Douglas cast in 'Ant-Man' movie as Hank Pym (Poll)

Paul Rudd talks to OTRC.com about the 2013 comedy film 'Anchorman 2.' / Michael Douglas (won for 'Behind The Candelabra') attends HBO's 2014 Golden Globes after party in Beverly Hills, California on Jan. 12, 2014. It was revealed a day later he will play Hank Pym in 'Ant-Man' the movie. / Hank Pym is seen in 'ANT-MAN and THE WASP' comic book No. 1. (OTRC / Tony DiMaio / Startraksphoto.com / Tim Seeley / Marvel)

Michael Douglas is set to play Hank Pym in Marvel's new "Ant-Man" movie, which stars Paul Rudd as the main character and superhero.

The comics giant and studio announces the news on Monday, Jan. 13. "Ant-Man" is set to be released on July 31, 2015 and focuses on a superhero who has the power to change the size of his body, even to one as small as an insect's. Pym is the scientist who invented the technology and tested it on himself. He is also a founding member of the Avengers. Rudd's casting was announced in December.

"With Hank Pym's rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement posted on the company's website.

"We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn't be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life," he said.

The news also comes a day after Douglas, a 69-year-old two-time Oscar winner, received his third Golden Globe Award, given at the 2014 ceremony on Sunday for his role as Liberace in the HBO TV movie "Behind the Candelabra." He won an Emmy for his performance in September.

"Ant-Man" is set to be released in theaters on July 31, 2015.

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