This week in Jewish casting news: Rudd as ‘Ant-Man,’ Gad in ‘Gilligan’s Island’

Paul Rudd has won what may have been the first ever head-to-head competition between two boyishly handsome Jewish stars for the role of a superhero.

The Wrap reports that Rudd will play Henry Pym in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” instead of their first choice Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who passed in order to commit to another comic book adaptation, the WB’s “Sandman.”

Some may doubt the “Anchorman 2” star’s ability to pull it off, but we have faith. Rudd’s a funny guy with great comic timing—something that seems necessary for a film about a guy whose power is becoming teeny.

More from the goofy Jewish actor front: “Book of Mormon” star Josh Gad will appear in a remake of the 1960s TV series “Gilligan’s Island,” Deadline reports.

It has not been announced which role Gad, who co-wrote the script, will play, but for some reason we have him pegged as a certain bumbling, floppy hat-wearing seaman.

 

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