12:13pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Evangeline Lilly on Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' Departure: "I Was Nervous"
The loss of original director Edgar Wright made many fans nervous about the future of Marvel Studios' Ant-Man — and, it turns out, some of the cast as well. Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne in the movie, confessed that Wright's departure almost led to her leaving the movie as well.
"Oh man, when they got rid off — not got rid of, but when Edgar and Marvel decided to part ways, I was nervous, and I kind of held off from signing my contract because I actually wanted to wait and see what would happen," Lilly admitted during an interview on Canadian talk show Innerspace. So what kept her around? New director Peyton Reed. "I met Peyton, and we spoke, and I was convinced that I was going to do the project."
The actress went on to sing Reed's praises. "He has such impeccable taste, he's so collaborative, he's so much fun,” she said. "He's so deep into the comic book world, always has been, all his life, and really knows the genre. I have no doubt the film will be incredible. I think it's going to be one of Marvel's best."
Ant-Man, which stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas in addition to Lilly, closes out Marvel's "Phase 2" release schedule when it hits theaters July 17, 2015.