I keep saying it, but it really is getting harder and harder to find a substantial Hollywood name that hasn’t appeared in a comic book movie. It’s funny for me, because I’ve watched how the industry has shifted over the decades. There was a time when “serious” actors would never touch a film that involved men in tights, despite several obvious exceptions (Hackman, Brando, and Nicholson). Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to watch some sort of high-minded, prestigious Oscar flick and play “Which comic book character did you play?” as each member of the cast appears onscreen.
In the 1990s, Sharon Stone was a big deal. From TOTAL RECALL, to CASINO, to BASIC INSTINCT, the actress appeared in some of the decade’s most iconic films. She even top-lined her own western, where she got to kick ass and take names (THE QUICK AND THE DEAD). While the last 15 years haven’t been particularly kind to her career, and she was part of the WB/DC clunker CATWOMAN, it’s still interesting to report that Stone is now set to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Stone revealed that she’d play a small role in an upcoming Marvel film while on The Late Late Show With James Corden. “I am going to do a Marvel movie,” she revealed. Stone added, “I’m just doing a wee part in a Marvel movie, upcoming, and I can’t tell, because you know, you have to sign confidentiality agreements. But I’m going to do a wee part in a Marvel movie now. That’s it.“
Her emphasis on how “wee” her role is led to a discussion between myself and our comic book contributor, Jeremy Scully (@JScullyComics). He had a fun bit of speculation that I had to share with you readers:
What if her references to the size of the role are more clever than we give them credit for? What if she’s playing a character that is…tiny?
Scully thinks Stone could be playing the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne, in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. The character was played by Holly Lovitt in the first film, but she was (literally) a bit part, only referred to in flashback form. We know that Evangeline Lilly will be reprising her role from the first ANT-MAN, Hope van Dyne, and that she’ll be assuming the mantle of The Wasp just as Scott Lang has taken over for Hank Pym in the title role. In ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, Janet could very well figure into the plot in a more substantial way, making it more important to cast a notable actress to play her.
And let’s not forget, Stone’s most iconic role ever was that of Catherine Tramell in BASIC INSTINCT. Who was her co-star in that film? Michael Douglas, who plays Hank in the MCU.
I’m sure Scully isn’t the only person to have made this connection, or to note how her repeated emphasis on her “wee” part may be more tongue-in-cheek than we’re used to, but I thought I’d share with you what we’d discussed since it’s a fun possibility.
What do you think? Are you happy to see Stone enter the MCU? Do you think she’ll play Janet van Dyne? Discuss below!
SOURCE: Late Late Show With James Corden