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Simon Pegg Explains Why He’s Not Interested in ‘Ant-Man’

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Simon Pegg won’t star in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, if for no other reason than this: Pegg doesn’t think it’s a good idea.

“If I was Edgar, I wouldn’t cast me in Ant-Man, because I think he obviously has to spread his wings as a director and be seen not to just come with me as a package,” the actor told SFX Magazine. “We need to do things separately so we don’t ultimately get seen as coming as a double act. You know, Ant-Man would be enormous fun to be in, but I think Ant-Man himself has to be a lot younger than me for a start. And there probably isn’t a part for me. If Edgar asked me, I’d think about it. But as his friend and his lawyer, I would advise strongly against asking me.”

There you have it: clearly defined reasons why Pegg shouldn’t star in Ant-Man, from Pegg himself. Can we officially stop asking Pegg the Ant-Man question now, please? Besides, it looks like the search for the Ant-Man lead is down to two names: Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Speaking of whom, Rudd was recently asked about the Ant-Man buzz, but stopped short of confirming … anything, really. “That’s all rumors, man,” Rudd told Absolute Radio. “There’s nothing I know, sorry.”

Ant-Man arrives on July 31, 2015. Expect casting announcements in the next few weeks.


  • Ant-Man

    Dear Simon, Considering Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are the names being thrown around, I think you have to play the role, simple because… the other options SUCK!

  • Scrapper Keeper

    You’re stupid, aren’t you?

  • jamesapril

    No, he’s Ant-Man!

  • John C. Baker

    Actually, I’ve always thought that Hank Pym is about 40-45ish, so Simon, your age wouldn’t be a handicap.

  • Nick Kruse

    nathan fillion would be a good ant man i think