Ant-Man drops 3 cast members as Marvel retools following Wright's exit

After director Edgar Wright left following almost a decade of development, Marvel’s Ant-Man flick has been going through its share of growing pains — and now it's dropped three cast members.

Deadline is reporting that previously announced co-stars Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Kevin Weisman (Alias) and Matt Gerard have exited the project as the studio retools the film to fit the ongoing rewrites and vision of new director Peyton Reed.

Though initial rumors indicated the three might’ve jumped ship for the same reason as Wright, “creative differences,” it sounds like the reason is probably a bit more benign. Apparently the changes to the script led to Weisman and Gerard’s characters being axed from the script. So, yeah, that makes sense.

Wilson’s situation was a bit more complicated, as a scheduling conflict arose after the studio delayed production for all the directorial shakeups and rewrites. 

Though we can just about guarantee the trio above won’t be on hand at Marvel’s big movie panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, we’d think major stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly (not to mention Reed) should be there to set our minds at ease for this surprisingly troubled production.

Marvel typically runs a tight ship, and their singular vision has led to very few missteps. Here’s hoping Kevin Feige, Reed and the gang can get this one figured out — and actually produce a good movie in the process.

(Via Deadline)

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