Marvel Studios brought the cast and director of "Ant-Man" to Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center during the studio's Saturday night Comic-Con panel. Actors Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas and director Peyton Reed were in attendance, as too were co-stars Corey Stoll (who plays the film's villain, Yellowjacket) and Evangeline Lilly (who plays Douglas' onscreen daughter, Hope Van Dyne). Stoll and Lilly had long been rumored for the film, but their involvement was made official by Marvel on Saturday.
"We've been fans of Evangeline for years, and couldn't be more pleased that she’s agreed to join us on Ant-Man's journey to the big screen," Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said in a statement. "We look forward to audiences learning more about her character when she joins forces with Hank Pym and Scott Lang in 2015."
In addition to the cast, Marvel showed off a brief teaser of test footage from "Ant-Man" to the Comic-Con crowds. Production on the film, which is set for release on July 17, 2015, doesn't begin until August. A smattering of reactions to the footage is below:
Edgar Wright was famously attached to directed "Ant-Man" for years, but he left the project in May because of creative differences with Marvel. Reed took his place a few days later.
"It's all working out very well. They couldn't be more enthusiastic now for where the movie is headed under Peyton's direction," Feige told HuffPost Entertainment in a recent interview. "Yeah, there was a certain amount of shock and disappoint, as there was for all of us, when we parted ways with Edgar. But they're all professionals and all excited for the film and for the ideas behind the film and for where we're taking the film. Now it is an awesome and unified cast and crew moving forward."
As many observers noted, however, Lilly revealed during the panel that she had not yet received a finished script for the film. That will likely change soon, as "Ant-Man" is due out in less than a year.