When asked if she could finally confirm that she is, in fact, playing the female role in Ant-Man, she bluntly stated:
"No, I can't. I don't know anything about those rumors."
The actress is already confirmed to appear at Comic-Con this week for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies and to introduce her new children's book entitled The Squickerwonkers. Its speculated that she is currently denying any involvement in Ant-Man because she is part of Marvel's surprise casting announcements, and will be part of the big Q&A panel the studio has lined up for Saturday afternoon.
Asked if she might be heading to San Diego to 'promote something' else beisdes what has been announced, Evangeline Lilly had nothing to say:
"I'm an actress, but I'm not stupid. I can't answer that question."
She was then asked hypothetically about how an actress might feel when a director leaves a project. She had this to say about Edgar Wright's Ant-Man departure in response.
"Well I read the news and have followed the storylines of what's been going on with Ant-Man. And I think that it's always a tragedy when somebody works for six years on a passion project and then for, you know, whatever reason ends up distancing themselves from the project. But I think that ultimately when there's a massive collaboration happening with artistic people or anything that isn't film work is really a piece of art at the end of the day. That everybody wants to serve the story. Everybody wants to serve the art. And whatever it takes to make the best film is what needs to happen. So, I mean, I can think as somebody in the industry who's watched the headlines and sort of kept abreast of the news that it is a tragedy. But hopefully it's a tragedy that will serve the story."
It is believed that Marvel will introduce the entire Ant-Man cast during their Hall H panel at Comic-Con, which may be why she wouldn't confirm her involvement. When the Comic-Con schedule was unveiled earlier this month, it wasn't announced exactly what movies Marvel Studios will present during their Saturday panel in Hall H. One guy who is talking about the movie early is star Corey Stoll, who recently offered an update about the project, revealing his thoughts on both versions of the screenplay.
Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish wrote the original screenplay, before leaving the project back in May. Corey Stoll confirmed that it was Edgar Wright who cast him.
"...He is the one who cast me."
He went on to confirm that he is still on board, even after the filmmaker was replaced by Peyton Reed. Here's what he had to say, when asked if he still plans on starring in the project.
We reported back in March that Corey Stoll joined the cast, although it hasn't been confirmed who he is playing yet. When asked if he was disappointed that Edgar Wright left the project, the actor revealed that he enjoyed both versions of the script, the first by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish and the rewrite by Adam McKay.
"I'm absolutely thrilled! Reading the script - and the script that Edgar wrote, and the script that there is now - it's insane that this movie hasn't been made before. Obviously, you need the technology because it needs to look great. But the whole idea of the changing of scale and the experiential effect of size changing is just so cool. You read these scenes on the page, and I just got giddy. I think it's gonna be so much fun. You can get a little fatigued with superheroes because everybody is just punching everybody, or shooting everybody with ray beams. This is a completely different kinetic experience in the theater. Shrinking and growing back, there's just so much material there to root it in. I think it's gonna be great."
Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll, David Dastmalchian. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.