By Ben Monié, Larry King Now
Sharon Stone, the Oscar-nominated actress known for her landmark roles in such films as Casino and Basic Instinct, recently teased that she will play a character in an upcoming Marvel franchise. But that’s all she would - or could - confirm.
Stone told Corden this past week that she’s been cast in a role in a soon-to-be released film, but that’s all she’s letting on:
"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."
Of course, this revelatory bit of information has comic-book lovers throwing out a variety of superhero characters from Marvel's beloved universe. But the one theory that seems to be catching on is that Stone will be playing Janet van Dyne, also known to superhero fanatics as the Wasp, a founding member of the Avengers in the comics. The key words here are “wee part.” Many assume Stone is making a reference to the upcoming Marvel film, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
For those unfamiliar with the Wasp, she’s the wife of Hank Pym, now famously portrayed by Michael Douglas in last year's Ant-Man film. And much like Ant-Man, the Wasp can alter her physical size, shrinking to the size of a wasp, naturally, or grow several hundred feet tall. What separates her from Ant-Man, however, is her ability to fly. In the 2015 film adaptation of Ant-Man, Janet van Dyne had one scene, and she was in full superhero regalia, so the audience never got to see her face. The sequence was a flashback, and showed van Dyne sacrificing herself and shrinking to “subatomic” size to disengage a missile. Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym spent years in mourning, assuming that she would never return to him, and telling his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) she died in action. However, the film ended with Pym’s apprentice Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, achieving subatomic size and returning to his natural physical state. This leads many to speculate that there’s a good chance Janet van Dyne will be resurrected in the upcoming sequel, and Sharon Stone will portray the iconic character.
Another reason why die-hard movie lovers are chomping at the bits to see Stone in the Ant-Man franchise: she would be reunited with her Basic Instinct co-star, Michael Douglas. This would be a cinematic reunion of sorts, as the two haven't been onscreen together since that legendary film's release in 1992.
Check out Larry King’s interview with Stone above, where the actress talks candidly about her wild career in Hollywood, and her time as a human rights activist.
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