Evangeline Lilly On Ant-Man, Marvel And Edgar Wright
Actress spills the beans on how she nearly walked from project...
The star of The Hobbit movies plays Hope Van Dyne in the Marvel Studios comic adaptation, but confessed that she considered abandoning the project when Wright departed it.
The 35-year-old told BuzzFeed: "We all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar.
"I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, 'Well, if it's because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I'm not interested in being in this movie'. Which is what I was afraid of."
But she explained that she was brought around when she saw how Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd had re-written the script.
She explained that she "saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world".
And she elaborated: "I mean, they've established a universe - and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic, a certain feel for Marvel films.
"What Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different... 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. It would have been so much fun to watch."
But she conceded: "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."
So now you know!
Ant-Man is due to be released on 17 July next year.