Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd vying for ‘Ant-Man’ role

It’s tempting to assume that Marvel’s latest comic book feature, “Ant-Man,” will be a Jewish film — and not just because the title sounds like a Semitic surname. Two Jewish actors, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Paul Rudd, are the front-runners for the lead role, Variety reports.

Paul Rudd at the 63rd Annual Berlinale International Film in 2013. (Pixplanete/PR Photos)

Paul Rudd at the 63rd Annual Berlinale International Film in 2013. (Pixplanete/PR Photos)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. (Janet Mayer/PRPhotos.com)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. (Janet Mayer/PRPhotos.com)

This won’t be another Hebrew Hammer, though.

“Ant-Man” centers on Henry Pym, a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to shrink down.  The Jewish casting options seem to stem from director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “The World’s End”) eschewing the typical macho hero for the funny everyman — not a particular ethnic type.

May the best (ant) man win.

 

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