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Joseph Gordon-Levitt on ‘Ant-Man’ Rumors: “Nothing But Lies”

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Well, that was quick.

Just a few hours after word made its way to the internet that Marvel was looking at either Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Paul Rudd to star in ‘Ant-Man,’ Gordon-Levitt has squashed the rumors like an…well, you get the idea. Alright, the ball is in court now, Paul Rudd!

Gordon-Levitt was in Paris today doing press for his directorial debut, ‘Don Jon,’ when the news broke and a reporter from Allocine.fr, snuck in a quick ‘Ant-Man’ question. His exact response was (obviously) in France, but here we have a translation courtesy The Playlist:

There are always rumors. I talk a lot about my future projects, so if you haven’t heard me talk about it, means it’s nothing but a rumor. People like to write about [rumors].

He allegedly told the reporter after the cameras stopped rolling that the news was “nothing but lies.”

Gordon-Levitt has been attached to pretty much every superhero project and has been pretty honest about his (lack of) participation. But, clearly Marvel wants him in their universe (as evidenced by the many, many casting rumors) and perhaps this rumor leak was just a way to nudge him in the right direction.

Frankly, we think that Paul Rudd is the better Ant-Man and that Gordon-Levitt would be better saved for ‘Doctor Strange‘ (and another collaboration with director Rian Johnson?). This despite fan uproar yesterday over Rudd playing a superhero. It’s odd that people would argue with Edgar Wright on who he thinks is right for his ‘Ant-Man’ movie. When you make a movie like ‘Shaun of the Dead’ or ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,’ then you can offer your casting criticisms, but until then, let’s just trust that Edgar knows what he’s doing.

Many of the casting rumors on Marvel leads have been way off (did anyone predict Chris Pratt in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’), so it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.

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