Director and writer Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) just wrapped production on a test reel for Disney and Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.
Ant-Man is based on Marvel hero Hank Pym, a scientist who discovered a way to alter his size. He used a helmet to control armies of ants and also was a founding member of the Avengers.
Ant-Man, with Wright involved, was on the initial Marvel Studios slate that the company announced in the mid-2000s as it put Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk into development. But Ant-Man was then sidelined as the focus turned to the heroes that eventually ended up this summer’s Avengers.
Wright has focused on other projects in the meantime, but he also has spent time nailing the Ant-Man script, which he co-wrote with Joe Cornish.
Then, in mid-June, he spent just under a week shooting footage for a reel that will be used to test out the potential look and tone of his movie, as well as to decide how convincing Ant-man's powers look onscreen.
Wright’s next movie will be The World’s End, a comedy that reteams him with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and is slated to shoot this fall.
Test reels are not uncommon for certain projects, especially those that fall into the stylized or risky categories. Zack Snyder made one for 300, Jonathan Liebesman made one for Battle: Los Angeles, and Guillermo del Toro made one for At the Mountains of Madness.