Last month, The Cosmic Circus reported that Bill Murray had joined Marvel Studios’ third Ant-Man film in an undisclosed role. Murray himself has now confirmed as much in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, shared to Twitter by user Patrick Heidmann. “You know, recently I made a Marvel movie,” Murray said in the interview, which has been translated from German.
“I probably won’t tell you, but never mind,” Murray continued. “In any case, some people were quite surprised why I decided on such a project. But for me the thing was quite clear: I got to know the director — and really liked him very much. He was funny, humble, everything you want from a director. And with the cheerleader story Bring It On – Girls United he made a movie years ago, which I think is damn good. So I agreed, although I’m not interested in these huge comic book adaptations as an actor otherwise.”
While Murray had previously expressed that he isn’t usually interested in participating in comic book films, he said this when asked by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung interviewer if he regretted taking on a Marvel role at all:
“Let’s put it this way: the director is a good guy, and now I’ve at least tried out what it’s like to shoot a Marvel movie…but I don’t think I need that experience a second time. And to come back to your previous question: I have mostly had a pretty good knack for avoiding the nasties of this industry. Fortunately, most good artists are also good people. At least that’s how I experience it with my friends.”
The new film
Ant-Man and the Wasp released in 2018, exploring the volatile and dangerous microscopic territory of the Quantum Realm — which ended being the saving grace after The Blip in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Murray isn’t the only newcomer to the Ant-Man franchise, as Quantumania will also rope in Kathryn Newton and Jonathan Majors.
Newton takes over the role of Cassie Lang, previously played by Abby Ryder Fortson and Emma Fuhrmann, while Majors plays main antagonist Kang the Conqueror. Majors recently made his MCU debut as He Who Remains, a variant of Kang, in the Season 1 finale of Marvel Studios’ Disney+ original series Loki.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to hit theaters July 2023.
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