1:45 pm EDT, June 7, 2014

Marvel hires Peyton Reed to direct ‘Ant-Man’

Marvel has finally found a director to replace Edgar Wright. Yes Man director Peyton Reed will be directing Marvel’s Ant-Man adaptation starring Paul Rudd.

peyton reed ant manIn an announcement two weeks ago, Marvel revealed that director Edgar Wright was leaving Ant-Man.

“Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film,” a statement read. “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

They didn’t exactly find a director “shortly,” but Marvel reports that Peyton Reed will be helming Ant-Man. Reed’s latest work has been multiple TV movies.

He has directed feature films though, which include Yes Man, The Break-Up and Bring It On. So after half a dozen directors passed on taking over Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man adaptation, we now have the director who brought us the brilliant cheerleading film Bring It On.

The majority of the excitement of Ant-Man was mainly due to the fact that Edgar Wright was helming the project, so we’re not sure how fans will react now that there is someone a bit less exciting in the director’s chair.

Marvel also revealed the first plot synopsis for Ant-Man: “Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

Related: Why director Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man

Writer Adam McKay will be contributing to the film’s script as well, who was asked to direct the film during Marvel’s attempt to replace Ant-Man’s original director Edgar Wright.

We wish all the best of luck to Peyton Reed, as he should have his hands full as he makes his way through years of material which Marvel and Wright have worked on during Ant-Man’s two years of pre-production.

Filming was set to begin June 2, which has come and gone, so fans were hoping Marvel would be able to find a replacement to helm the pint-sized superhero film prior to the production.

Many thought Marvel made a grave mistake by rewriting Edgar Wright’s script less than two weeks before filming was set to start, but now at least they’ll be moving forward with Reed.

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