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Following yesterday’s surprise announcement that Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym in the Edgar Wright and Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ feature film, the two-time Academy Award winner has opened up to Reuters about what drew him to the project: “I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”

And hot on the heels of his Golden Globe win for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ Michael Douglas also said that he wants to surprise the studios and audiences alike with ‘Ant-Man': “Sometimes – like (when) they didn’t see you for Liberace – you’ve got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun.”

Hitting theaters on July 31st, 2015, ‘Ant-Man’ also stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. Edgar Wright is directing the movie from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish. The film, which will launch “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, follows the May 1st, 2015 release of ’Avengers: Age of Ultron.’