Evangeline Lilly recently spoke about how she almost left Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man film because of a dispute between the studio and the original director.
According to BuzzFeed, what convinced Lilly to join the film, after being offered the female lead role by then-director, Edgar Wright, was the chance to work with Paul Rudd. “Initially, I was like, no way. No way,” Lilly said. “And then they said, ‘Paul Rudd’s playing the lead.’ And I was like, ‘Oh shit. I love Paul Rudd. I really want to work with him!’”
After agreeing to take on the part, Lilly dove into the Marvel universe, watching the films and learning more about the Ant-Man stories and her character, Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym.
However, last May, Wright left the Ant-Man project and Lilly was worried that it was because Marvel was being too forceful, only wanting “a puppet and not someone with a vision.”
Lilly hadn’t signed her contract at that point and decided that she wouldn’t officially take part in the film until she had the opportunity to read the new script. When she did, she finally realized that Wright’s vision would not have mixed well with the cinematic universe Marvel had already established. “I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world,” she said. “I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic [and]a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar’s incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film [and]it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create…”
Ultimately, Lilly did sign on to the film and “never looked back.”
Ant-Man will also star Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, and Michael Douglas. Hayley Atwell (Captain America) will reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter. The film is scheduled to hit theatres on July 17, 2015.