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Now, Ant-Man, Marvel's next superhero franchise-in-the-making, hasn't had the easiest time of it since its inception. After years of development with director Edgar Wright, it seemed set to head into production, with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly all on board to star. And, then, Wright left the production, amid rumors of studio interference. Then, with a tornado of fan fury rapidly forming around them, Marvel set out to find a new director.

As it turns out, though, there's a part of that story we haven't heard before.

When Wright left the production, Evangeline Lilly hadn't officially signed on to play Hope Van Dyne - and as it turns out, she didn't for a fair old while after that...

As the actress revealed to InnerSpace...

"When they got rid of -- or, not got rid of, but when Edgar [Wright] and Marvel decided to part ways, I was nervous and I kind of held off on signing my contract because I wanted to see what would happen...

Then, though...

...I met Peyton [Reed] and I was convinced that I was going to do the project. And then actually doing it with him, he has such impeccable taste, he's so collaborative, he's so much fun, he's so deep into the comic book world -- always has been, all his life -- and really knows the genre. I have no doubt that the film is going to be incredible. I think it's going to be one of Marvel's best."

Which is fortunate, really, because had Lilly dropped out at that point, it could have been a crippling blow to Marvel, and especially to Ant-Man.

Now, though, we can look forward to what'll hopefully be an awesome extension of the Marvel movie brand.

And, of course, with a bit of luck, THE WASP.

What do you guys think, though?


Was Lilly right to sign onto Ant-Man?


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