She may be best known for her work on 1983’s Scarface.
But Michelle Pfeiffer’s next project may be her most daring yet.
The 59-year-old actress has joined the cast of Ant-Man And The Wasp it was revealed by Marvel during their San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday.
She will play Janet Van Dyne, the mother of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne – aka Wasp – and the wife of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym in the upcoming sequel.
In the comic books, Janet was the original Wasp and a founding member of the Avengers, and continued as a superhero after her husband retired, but she eventually went missing in another dimension and was assumed to be dead.
During the panel, a number of other casting announcements were made, including Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster.
Michael Pena will also star in the film, which sees Peyton Reed, who helmed 2015’s original Ant-Man, return as director and Paul Rudd reprise his lead role of Ant-Man/Scott Lang.
Ant-Man And The Wasp is scheduled for release in July 2018.
Meanwhile, Michelle has a string of other movies in the pipeline including Mother! and Murder on the Orient Express.
However she recently admitted she became ‘un-hireable’ for a time because having her children Claudia, now 24, and John, 22, made her more ‘picky and she was gradually offered less and less work.
The Batman Returns actress – who is married to David E. Kelley – said: ‘I’ve never lost my love for acting. I feel really at home on the movie set. I’m a more balanced person honestly when I’m working.
‘But I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule. And I got so picky that I was un-hireable. And then … I don’t know, time just went on.’
The wait for Ant-Man and the Wasp is getting smaller and smaller. With Peyton Reed and crew about to head to Atlanta to begin production, the director is giving insight into the new suits and technology for his titular heroes.
During an open house for press at Marvel’s Los Angeles office on Monday, Reed showcased storyboard images for his superhero sequel and the stories behind them.
“Some will end up in the movie, some won’t end up in the movie, but it’s really a way to R&D stuff before you put it to camera,” he says, noting an intriguing image that finds Luis’ (Michael Peña) van in the mouth of a dog. Despite some reporter’s assumptions, this wasn’t a giant dog, but the vehicle had taken on the shrinking power usually reserved for Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).
“There was one idea that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) has forwarded the shrinking and growing technology so that it’s not just necessarily the suits that are the vessels,” he shared. “Maybe it could be vehicles or something else as well.”
The advancement of the technology is having widespread affect on the entire Ant-Man world, including the evolution of the suits for the pint-sized character and his new partner Hope van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly).
Teasing that the latest outfits “can do even new and stranger things,” Reed revealed that Ant-Man’s gear is a mesh of what was seen in the first film and Captain America: Civil War, albeit with a few updates.
“For Ant-Man specifically, in that first movie, the suit, intentionally so, is kind of a relic,” he said, vaguely acknowledging that Giant-Man is likely to factor into the sequel as well. “It represents his past, so this is really the new iteration that is the modern version of the tech.”
Noticeably present alongside the images of Ant-Man and Wasp’s suits was the original Wasp suit of Hope’s mother, Janet, who was briefly glimpsed in an Ant-Man flashback. That leads to the looming question, will we see her follow Scott’s lead and return from the quantum realm?
Trying to avoid letting any spoilers slip throughout the presentation, Reed slyly responds, “Only time will tell.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.
When most actors join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they sign a contract with their own blood, binding their soul to the franchise until they fulfill their number of movies or sacrifice That Which They Love The Most before the statue of Stan Lee hidden in crawlspace under the McGraw Hill Building in New York City. But not Michael Douglas. Oh, no. When the Academy Award-winning living legend signed on to play the aging former superhero Hank Pym in Ant-Man, he only signed on for a single movie, leaving his involvement in the upcoming sequel a big question mark.
Well, it’s time to straighten out that question mark into an exclamation point because Douglas has now confirmed that he’ll be back for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The news comes to us via Douglas’ official Facebook page, where he’s posted a picture of himself striking a debonair pose in front of the original film’s poster. He also notes that the sequel is set to begin filming in July, which makes sense since the film is due in theaters on July 6, 2018.
Like Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Anthony Hopkins in Thor, Douglas’ mere presence in Ant-Man lent each of his scenes a lovely gravitas. When you’re making a movie about a guy who can shrink and talk to ants, an extraordinary actor is required to help sell that specific brand of silly. And Douglas, so charming and funny as Hank Pym, did just that, offering a weary foil for Paul Rudd‘s in-over-his-head Scott Lang.
Previously, Douglas spoke about possibly appearing in the movie, saying that he had a grand ‘ol time on the original but couldn’t confirm his involvement in the sequel:
I just got a call recently — they want to negotiate for a sequel and I thought ‘That’s great!’ Hopefully, I won’t have to carry quite as much expositional dialogue as the first one but I had a wonderful time doing it. Just a great, great time. The cast was fantastic. Paul [Rudd], Evangeline [Lilly], Michael Peña — I’m sure he’ll be back. If they can scrape Corey Stoll off the wall, I’m sure they’ll want him too — he’s such a good villain. And Peyton Reed too. It was a lovely experience, so you know, I welcome it. I chuckle about being involved with a movie that already has a release date in 2018. Ya know, it’s hard to conceive of that, but it’s all good, all the way around, it’s all good.
Naturally, Douglas will once again join Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, whose Hope van Dyne will finally get the chance to suit up this time around, with original director Peyton Reed returning to call the shots. And because sometimes the world is a nice and caring place, the wonderful Michael Peña will be back as well.
Ant Man’s triumph in performing great at the box office proves that Marvel has what it takes to bring out good superhero movies. This has also led to a second Ant Man in production. Ant Man 2 release date has finally been confirmed for July 8, 2018. However, the date still could be altered with a delay or an early release.
Ant Man 2 will be called as “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
As per now, Marvel does not confirm much about the upcoming movie. But, it is quite assumable that the Wasp will be a part of the movie. Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Sott Lang. He recently portrayed the character in “Captain America: Civil War.” Hpe Van Dyne’s role played by Evangeline Lilly is also confirmed to come back in the second film.
Ant Man Technology and Quantum Physics
The technology behind shrinking a man to the size of an ant has quite a number of theories behind it. But, the most regarded one is based on a concept in Quantum Physics. As per Dr. Spiros Michalakis of the California Institute of Technology, the vision of shrinking comes through a method of creating smaller atoms.
But, the super human strength portrayed in the movie is not true. Michalakis says that if a human is shrunk to the size of an ant, then he would be really strong as per the size of an ant, but not than a regular human. But, “Ant Man 2” is a movie and fiction is possible in entertainment.
The Aftermath of the “Ant Man 2” release
As per CinemaBlend, Marvel’s third phase planning involves shifting of the “Ant Man 2” release date. The date was meant for “Black Panther” movie which is now scheduled for February 16, 2018. This movie is now planned for a release before “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1.” And to be honest, this is much more logical keeping in mind the plot.
There is no official trailer for the “Ant Man 2” for now as the movie’s production will start in Q1 2017. But, there might soon be a teaser trailer out which would give us a clue of the upcoming Marvel superhero movie. For the time being, let us count on the two other superhero flicks – “Thor: Ragnarok” releasing in October and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” coming out this July.
We still have 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” between now and 2019’s “Avengers 4,” but details are already coming out about the fourth film in the Avengers series.
Actress Evangeline Lilly, who portrayed Hope van Dyne in 2015’s “Ant-Man,” recently opened up to Blastr about her upcoming involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She laid out the plans for her soon-to-be-superhero character, starting with the “Ant-Man” sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” With the film slated to debut after “Avengers: Infinity War,” she won’t appear in the third film in the Avengers series. However, we can expect to see her become the Wasp in time for “Avengers 4.”
Lilly explained that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be used to develop her character before she teams up with the Avengers.
“I’m excited because it’s essentially going to be the origin of the Wasp,” Lilly told Blastr of the upcoming sequel. “Of course, we’re going to see the Wasp for the first time take on the mantle and put on the suit and fly about and do her thing.”
She explained that appearing in the fourth Avengers film instead of the third will be better for her character. “The Wasp won’t be in the first part,” Lilly said, “she’ll be in the second part because they really want to preserve that reveal for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ so that they can give it its due time.”
The news will may be a little disappointing for fans hoping to see her as the Wasp sooner rather than later, but never fear, because — as always — there will be more than enough heroes to keep “Avengers: Infinity War” exciting.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2018, followed by “Ant-Man and the Wasp” on July 6, 2018, and then “Avengers 4” will follow in 2019.
First off we want to say congratulations to Evangeline who announced at the Premiere of Ant Man that she’s expecting her 2nd child! Evi looked absolutely gorgeous at the premiere and the gallery has been updated with HQ photos. Also here’s a clip of one of the interview Evi gave on the red carpet. (small note just want to apologize for any duplicates in the gallery, I don’t really have the time to go thorough 200 plus pictures to try and eliminate any that are the same)
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