Why Evangeline Lilly Nearly 'Quit Ant-Man' & What It Took to Win Her Back

If you were wondering how things looked behind the scenes last May when Edgar Wright parted ways with Marvel, one perspective's finally been revealed. Evangeline Lilly, starring in Ant-Man as Hope Van Dyne, spoke to Buzzfeed about how she came to the project — and how she almost walked away after Wright's dramatic exit. Ant-Man will likely be a point of contention among Marvel fans (and Wright fans) at least until the movie comes out this Spring, but perhaps Lilly's words will sooth some who feared that the new script and direction might not be up to snuff.

First, on how Wright lured her to the project:

And Wright's concept drew her in, too:

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And then, suddenly, Wright was gone. Her reaction was not dissimilar to my own:

Lilly refused to sign her contract until she'd read the new script — which didn't come until the day before her first fitting for her character.

After that she met with current Ant-Man director Peyton Reed, and, as she put it, "signed on and I never looked back.”

I'll wait to pass judgment on the fate of Ant-Man until I actually, you know, see Ant-Man, but as someone who has been stridently Team Wright, Lilly's assurances did peak my interest. Wright certainly is an auteur of a director, so it shouldn't be that surprising that his voice might have overtaken things. Full closer on this particular issue with Marvel, though, probably won't come until the day Wright decides to speak in detail about his experiences.

Lilly is a woman who enters into projects with high standards — I highly encourage you to read the rest of her Buzzfeed interview to become even more acquainted with that — so here's to hoping Ant-Man lives up to those. Lord knows the rest of the world will be watching with just as much baited breath.