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Ant-Man: first film to shoot at Pinewood Atlanta

Ant-ManFilming is due to begin in May in Atlanta, Georgia on Ant-Man, the next in the behemoth Marvel franchise.

The feature is currently on schedule to be the first major film to make use of Pinewood’s shiny new studio in Fayetteville, just south of the capital. The 288 acre site consists of five sound stages totalling 100,000 square feet and around 300,000 square feet of production office and workshop space

It is likely that the other locations for Ant-Man will be predominantly Atlanta-based; these were being locked down at the time of going to press.

It has been widely reported that the film was originally intended to shoot in the UK, but was ousted by the sheer volume of other major features moving in and filling the big studios to capacity – a possible result of the high uptake of the attractive UK tax incentives for foreign filmmakers.

Georgia’s incentives are pretty appealing too however, offering a transferable 20% tax-credit on total qualified in-state spend, with an additional 10% available for productions including a promotional Georgia logo in the end credits.

Paul Rudd has been attached for some time to star as Ant-Man’s alter ego, Scott Lang, with Michael Douglas recently boarding the project as scientist Henry “Hank” Pym, who creates the technology to shrink himself to insect size.

President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, said of Douglas’ hire: "With Hank Pym's rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves."

It would certainly seem that Douglas’ Golden Globe-winning turn as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra has revitalised his career.

Although Ant-Man is part of the juggernaut that is Marvel Studios, it is very much the baby of British director Edgar Wright, who has been working on it for years. He is at the helm to direct from a screenplay he wrote with Joe Cornish, adapted from the original Marvel comic books.

Wright is based at Big Talk Productions, the shingle behind Ant-Man, and is probably best known for his work on the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy’, comprising Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Other credits include Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and, as co-writer, The Adventures of Tintin.

Picture: Twitter @edgarwright

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