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Aside from the occasional plot detail and set image, Marvel has been keeping details on Ant-Man on the down low, especially concerning the roles its actors are playing. Sure, it’s great that we know who all the main players are, like Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, but c’mon, Marvel! Throw us a bone on some of the supporting cast! Fortunately, we can scratch one of those mystery roles off the list. After months of staying quiet, Arrested Development actress Judy Greer has spilled the beans on who she’ll be playing in the 2015 blockbuster.
While talking with HeyUGuys.com about her new movie Men, Women and Children, Greer revealed that she will be playing Scott Lang’s ex-wife in Ant-Man - though she was wary to say anything else. Said the actress:
"I’m Paul Rudd’s estranged ex-wife. We have a daughter together and our relationship is, well, estranged, but I feel like my character is still rooting for him to succeed. I guess that’s about as much as I can say. They gave us all these papers of things we’re allowed to say and things we’re not allowed to say, and I left them in Atlanta. Sorry! [Laughs]"
Scott’s ex-wife is named Peggy Rae in the comics, although there’s no guarantee she’ll be named that in the film. Greer’s statement also confirms the rumors. that Scott’s daughter will play a part in the film. In the comics, Scott is a single dad raising his daughter Cassie. Her heart condition forces Scott to steal Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit so that he could kidnap the only doctor that could help her. Cured of her illness, Cassie later became the superhero Stature, and was also a member of the Young Avengers.
Cassie’s mom barely plays a role in Marvel comics, so Greer likely has free reign with the live-action version of the character. The actress also mentioned that she’s still shooting the movie and specifically mentioned having fun with Paul Rudd, Peyton Reed and Bobby Cannavale - the latter of whom is playing a character named Paxton. I suspect that Ant-Man will be taking a similar approach with the Lang family that Spider-Man 3 did with Flint Marko’s (Sandman) family, in that the mother that takes care of the sick child while the father is doing time for stealing funds to keep the family afloat. The only difference is that Flint continued his crime spree while Scott will eventually become a superhero in his own right. Considering the comment about Judy Greer's character is "rooting for him to succeed," Scott’s ex-wife will probably prefer him in this line of work rather than continuing to steal, even if his reasons were legitimate.