Actor Michael Pena will reprise his character, Luis, from Peyton Reed’s surprise hit “Ant-Man” in the sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” he revealed at the SXSW film festival.
Cinemablend sat down for a chat with the “Shooter” actor at the SXSW film festival where he was present for his recent movie, “War on Everyone” directed by John Michael McDonagh and starring Theo James and Alexander Skarsgård.
Pena’s super talkative character, the best friend to Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, was one of the funniest highlights of “Ant-Man” whose actions also serve to create a lot of situational comedy in the Marvel movie.
“I am. I am. Just because they announced it, that they’re doing a sequel. As far as I’m concerned I think I’m back! Unless you know something that I don’t know … [laughs],” Pena told Eric Eisenberg of Cinemablend.
In “Ant-Man,” Luis is part of Scott Lang’s group who commit burglary and theft. He and Lang got incarcerated for those reasons. However, when Lang was chosen by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to steal Darren Cross’s (Corey Stoll) Yellowjacket suit, Pym realised the dangerous intentions of Cross so Pena’s character is tasked to assist Lang. Luis’s repeated emphasis on the positive nature of their new mission creates one of the hilarious moments in the movie.
“We’re the good guys right?”
“Yeah, we’re the good guys.”
“Feels kind of weird, you know?”
Cinemablend also notes that when “Ant-Man and the Wasp” was announced, only the two lead actors, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, were confirmed. Though no official confirmation has been made regarding Pena’s return, it appears hopeful that with the actor’s own admission, he has a place in the sequel.
It was learned earlier that Adam McKay was brought in to work on the script for “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Hopefully, Michael Pena’s role will be significant and as funny, if not more so than in the first movie.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be directed by Peyton Reed who directed the first “Ant-Man.” The script is written by Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. It will be released on July 6 in the US.