An exciting new development in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as aBritain-Michael-Douglas screen legend joins the cast of director Edgar Wright’s long-awaited Ant-Man movie!

Michael Douglas, the Oscar-winning star of Wall Street, Fatal Attraction and Behind The Candelabra (for which he very recently won a Golden Globe), will play the character of Hank Pym alongside the previously-cast Paul Rudd, now confirmed to be character Scott Lang.

Commenting on Douglas’ casting in a press release, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige had this to say: “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. 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.”

In the Marvel comics on which the film will be based, Pym was a scientist who created a device that enabled him to grow or shrink to any size in order to fight crime. He of course adopted the persona Ant-Man and was a fairly popular character in his heyday, even becoming one of the founding members of the Avengers in 1963. Lang, meanwhile, was originally a thief who inherited Pym’s shrinking technology after he stole it during a burglary. Pym, seeing the good Lang could do with it, let him keep it and only use it to fight crime as he once did.

With that vague description it seems we have more of an idea of where the film’s story could be headed, perhaps with Douglas’ elderly Pym teaching his young pupil the methods? But even if they do decide to use that old familiar (fans of Wright will probably get that reference), those who know the British director and his style of work – from The Cornetto Trilogy to Scott Pilgrim – will also know he can and will put his very own spin on it with all credits due to the original source material.

More casting for Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, still set for a summer 2015 release, is due to be announced over the next few months. Just don’t act shocked if Simon Pegg and Nick Frost don’t show up at some point…