After a long, bumpy road, Marvel’s Ant-Man flick is finally going into production. The studio revealed that the long-awaited film began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco.
In addition to Marvel’s official press release, director Peyton Reed also confirmed the news on social media. “Alright, gang. Today is the day. LET’S. GET. SMALL. #Antman,” he wrote on his official Twitter account.
The film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (seen in the first, just-released movie still above), Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, and Corey Stoll as the villain Yellowjacket. In conjunction with news of production, Marvel also revealed an entire slew of previously unannounced cast members, including Judy Greer (Archer, Arrested Development), Bobby Canavale (Boardwalk Empire), Michael Pena (Gracepoint), and rapper T.I. Other newly revealed additions include Abby Ryder Fortson, Wood Harris, and Gregg Turkington. Perhaps most notably is the news that John Slattery is also aboard the project—an addition that has most predicting he’ll reprise his role as Iron Man 2’s Howard Stark, presumably in a flashback scene.
Not all of the cast’s official roles have been revealed yet, but the studio had previously revealed a brief, official synopsis. According to the description, the movie will follow Rudd as Scott Lang in his efforts to help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym “protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.” Using his ability to shrink in size but increase in strength, Lang must team up with Pym to pull off a plan to try and save the world.