MCU Director Reveals She Recast Major Character From Avengers: End Game For $465 Million Ant-Man 3 Because of Paul Rudd: “Someone who could really hang with Paul Rudd”

MCU Director Reveals She Recast Major Character From Avengers: End Game For $465 Million Ant-Man 3 Because of Paul Rudd: "Someone who could really hang with Paul Rudd"

The Ant-Man trilogy which is an integral part of the MCU has seen both success and failure. Apart from bringing alive a unique Marvel superhero, the films were also characterized by witty lighthearted humor through Paul Rudd’s version of Ant-man. Despite the 3rd installment Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania not finding favor among fans and critics, the Ant-Man films are still an important stepping stone to unraveling the mysteries of the MCU plotlines.

A still from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
A still from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Another unique feature of the films was the development of Scott Lang aka Ant-Man’s daughter Cassie. In a departure from the usual method of casting by Marvel studios, the role of Cassie Lang was interestingly assigned to three different actors.

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The Ant-Man Series Featured 3 Different Cassie Lang Actors

The relationship between Cassie Lang and her father Scott Lang aka Ant-Man is emotionally relatable and endearing. But an interesting fact about the character is that it was performed by 3 different actors over the three films. Scott Lang’s daughter was first introduced in 2015’s Ant-Man and was portrayed by Abby Ryder Fortson until 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Kathryn Newton was the third actor to play Cassie Lang

With Avengers: Endgame, the viewers were introduced to another actor Emma Fuhrmann to portray Cassie. Through a brief yet emotional sequence, Fuhrmann succeeded in connecting with fans and audiences. The replacement of the actor here was due to the five-year time jump from Avengers: Infinity War. In another change, Marvel Head Kevin Page officially announced that Kathryn Newton will take over from Fuhrmann. Ant-Man Director Peyton Reed explained her reasons for choosing Newton and said,

And when we were talking about Cassie in this movie, she’s aged five years since the events of ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp.’ And I wanted someone in that role who could hang with Paul Rudd and sort of not is left in the dust.”

Reed was also quick to recognize and praise the 2 actors who played Cassie earlier in the Ant-Man films and spoke highly of their efforts and talent in bringing out the essence of the character.

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Paul Rudd’s Advice To Kathryn Newton Revealed

With actor Kathryn Newton joining the Ant-Man franchise to portray the new swashbuckling Cassie Lang, audiences are speculating about Marvel’s next move regarding the young actor’s future in the MCU after she had a confident outing in the 3rd installment. Ant-Man 3’s happy ending indicated that the character is set to reprise her role in the Marvel universe but official confirmation about Newton’s presence is yet to be known.

Paul Rudd with Kathryn Newton

The young star also got sage advice from the film’s protagonist Paul Rudd who told her to never hold back and continue to enjoy the process of creating and acting. Newton’s casting in Ant-Man 3 further solidified that Marvel Studios will go to any lengths to make sure that the perfect actor is cast for the role.

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Source: The Direct

Written by Sharanya Sankar

Sharanya is a mom, bookworm, and cinephile. Having completed her Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, writing is one of her passions. When she is not running behind her 11 and 9 year old, she spends her time watching and blogging about movies. She enjoys a range of genres from Indian mass entertainers to Hollywood and world cinema. Her interests also include analyzing pop culture in movies and music.