The upcoming Marvel adaptation of “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd will also feature Chicago theater actor-turned-filmmaker David Dastmalchian, whose semi-autobiographical indie “Animals” (which examined addiction with a sly and unexpected dose of low-key comedy) screened in town earlier this spring.
Dastmalchian lives in L.A. these days but remains a Shattered Globe Theatre ensemble member. “Ant-Man” will be his second experience on a superhero movie; his film career kicked off with a memorable appearance in “The Dark Knight,” playing one of the Joker’s thugs.
“Ant-Man” has weathered personnel changes in recent weeks, with Peyton Reed now in place as director (he also helmed the Chicago-shot comedy “The Break-Up”) and Second City alum and “Anchorman” director Adam McKay on board reworking the script. Dastmalchian says he expects to begin work in Atlanta sometime in August. “I feel very vindicated that I kept my comic book stash growing as a kid,” he said Wednesday.
Dastmalchian has also landed a role in the drama "Chronic," from Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco ("After Lucia"). The film stars Tim Roth and is about a "nurse practitioner who assists terminally ill patients." The film begins shooting in a few weeks.
'Workaholics' star in new comedy
Evanston native Anders Holm (a recurring character on Fox’s “The Mindy Project” and one of the co-creators and stars of Comedy Central’s “Workaholics”) is currently filming Nancy Meyers' latest, “The Intern, ” which features Robert De Niro interning at a fashion website run by Anne Hathaway. But first Holm will be seen in the upcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice” (the cast also includes “Veep” co-star and former Chicago actor Timothy Simons). According to Deadline, Holm is developing a comedy for 20th Century Fox Studios and will begin work on the fifth season of “Workaholics” in the fall.
Improv actor lands role in heist caper
Chicago improviser and iO regular Ross Kimball has landed a major break, playing one of Owen Wilson’s henchmen in the heist comedy “Loomis Fargo” (a title that will reportedly change at some point), which begins shooting this month from “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess and is being produced by “Saturday Night Live’s” Lorne Michaels. The film features “SNL” alums Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis, plus current cast member Kate McKinnon. Zach Galifianakis and Ken Marino are in the cast as well.