Simon Pegg won't star in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, if for no other reason than this: Pegg doesn't think it's a good idea.
"If I was Edgar, I wouldn't cast me in Ant-Man, because I think he obviously has to spread his wings as a director and be seen not to just come with me as a package," the actor told SFX Magazine. "We need to do things separately so we don't ultimately get seen as coming as a double act. You know, Ant-Man would be enormous fun to be in, but I think Ant-Man himself has to be a lot younger than me for a start. And there probably isn't a part for me. If Edgar asked me, I'd think about it. But as his friend and his lawyer, I would advise strongly against asking me."
There you have it: clearly defined reasons why Pegg shouldn't star in Ant-Man, from Pegg himself. Can we officially stop asking Pegg the Ant-Man question now, please? Besides, it looks like the search for the Ant-Man lead is down to two names: Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Speaking of whom, Rudd was recently asked about the Ant-Man buzz, but stopped short of confirming … anything, really. "That's all rumors, man," Rudd told Absolute Radio. "There's nothing I know, sorry."
Ant-Man arrives on July 31, 2015. Expect casting announcements in the next few weeks.