by: Donna Whitehead
John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, and Tip “T.I.” Harris will appear in director Peyton Reed’s ANT-MAN. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, though Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang (that is, Ant-Man), alongside Michael Douglas as scientist Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly as Pym’s daughter Hope. Slattery’s role hasn’t been confirmed, but he played Tony Stark’s father Howard (played, as a younger man, by Dominic Cooper in “Captain America”) in “Iron Man 2,” and chances are that’s who he’ll be playing this time around as well. Howard Stark is dead, so it’s likely that Slattery will show up in flashbacks, or in a film-within-the-film, as he did in “Iron Man 2”; either way, it lends credence to the recent rumors that Cooper, as well as Hayley Atwell and Toby Jones (playing Peggy Carter and Arnim Zola) will appear in flashbacks.
Slattery is known for his role as Roger Sterling on “Mad Men,” for which he has been nominated four times for an Emmy. He’s also had recurring roles on “Desperate Housewives,” “Arrested Development,” and “The Cleveland Show” (to name only his recent television efforts.) On the big screen, he’s appeared in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” and “Traffic.” Cannavale most recently starred in the Jon Favreau comedy “Chef,” and prior to that appeared in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” You can see him next in the “Annie” remake, starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis. Fortson has only a few credits to her name (not bad, for a six-year-old), but she has a lot coming up: she is set to recur on the upcoming HBO comedy “Togetherness,” as well as on Amazon’s original comedy “Transparent.” Harris is well known for his role as drug dealer Avon Barksdale on “The Wire.” He also recurred on “Southland,” and is currently filming a recurring role on “Justified.” Turkington voices the recurring character Toby Determined on Disney XD’s “Gravity Falls.” Coming up, he’ll appear alongside Michael Cera and John C. Reilly in “Entertainment,” which he also co-wrote with Rick Alverson. T.I., known as a rapper, has been stepping more and more into acting lately. He appeared in the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Identity Thief” and in the 2007 crime biopic “American Gangster,” and he recurs on the Don Cheadle dramedy “House of Lies.” Coming up, he’ll appear alongside Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, and Kevin Hart in the comedy “Get Hard.”
Slattery is repped by Gersh; Cannavale is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment; Fortson is repped by Paradigm; Harris is repped by Gersh and Principato-Young Entertainment; Turkington is repped by Almond Talent Agency; T.I. is repped by UTA.