Michael Douglas cast in Marvel's latest film

The actor will play scientist Dr Henry 'Hank' Pym in Ant-Man.

Michael Douglas won Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for 'Behind the Candelabra' at the 71st Golden Globes on 12 January. Picture:AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Michael Douglas has been cast in Marvel's latest superhero film Ant-Man.

The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will play scientist Dr Henry 'Hank' Pym, the first Marvel character to play _Ant-Man _and inventor of the Pym particles that can shrink people to the size of an ant.

_Anchorman _actor Paul Rudd has already confirmed he will star as Scott Lang in the film, Ant-Man's alter ego.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement on the company's website that it was a great relief when Douglas accepted the role.

"With the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, we couldn't be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life."

He said the character needed to be played by a capable actor.

"With Hank Pym's rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves."

The movie, which is scheduled to be released in cinemas next year, will be directed by Edgar Wright whose films include The World's End, _Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz _and The Adventures of Tintin.

Douglas earned a Golden Globe on Sunday night for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film Behind the Candelabra.