Evangeline Lilly has been rumored for what seems like forever to play an unknown character in next year's Marvel Studios special [Ant-Man](movie:9048). However, despite endless talk about who she might be playing, she has never actually been cast. Still, her most recent interview with SlashFilm has us wondering even more.
While officially Lilly is at Comic-Con for [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312), as well as her upcoming book The Squickerwonkers, it seems as though she might be there for the Ant-Man panel as well, which has a cast that is yet to be officially revealed, with the exception of a handful of characters. The interview goes like this:
Interviewer: "Everybody’s reporting that you are in Marvel’s Ant-Man. Is that something you can say you are in or no?"
No, I can’t. I don’t know anything about those rumors.
Interviewer: "Okay, all right. Well let’s say if you had The Hobbit and The Squickerwonkers at Comic-Con. Is that everything or do you think you’ll have more to do?"
I’m an actress, but I’m not stupid. I can’t answer that question.
Interviewer: "Okay. Let me try one more that you can laugh at and it’s totally fine. Hypothetically if you were an actress and you signed on to make a film with one director and then that director left over creative differences, how would you feel about it? Hypothetically."
[Laughs] Well I read the news and have followed the storylines of what’s been going on with Ant-Man. And I think that it’s always a tragedy when somebody works for six years on a passion project and then for, you know, whatever reason ends up distancing themselves from the project. But I think that ultimately when there’s a massive collaboration happening with artistic people or anything that isn’t film work is really a piece of art at the end of the day. That everybody wants to serve the story. Everybody wants to serve the art. And whatever it takes to make the best film is what needs to happen. So, I mean, I can think as somebody in the industry who’s watched the headlines and sort of kept abreast of the news that it is a tragedy. But hopefully it’s a tragedy that will serve the story.
While this is never confirmation, I will say that there are usually very few actors and actresses who are actually up-to-date on all their movie news. The fact that she is means she either knows her industry much better than the average actress, or she's been debriefed on the director change by Marvel because she's actually a part of the film. With a perspective on the matter that very much matches Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, my bet is on her involvement. What do you think?
Ant-Man hits theaters next year after [The Avengers](movie:9040) sequel on July 17th, 2015.