Who Plays Cassie Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania? Explained

January 10, 2023
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Who Plays Cassie Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania? We explain the character and the reasons for the replacements for the MCU film.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is fast approaching, and not only will the film give audiences their first proper look at Kang the Conqueror, but it’s going to give Ant-Man’s daughter, Cassie Lang, a much bigger role than she’s had in prior films.

In the first trailer for Quantumania, she’s the one responsible for herself, Ant-Man, Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, and Hank Pym getting trapped in the Quantum Realm. Later moments also see her don her costume as the hero Stature. The second trailer doesn’t feature much of Cassie, instead focusing on Kang and Ant-Man.

Marvel have made the decision to recast the character again, making it a total of three different people that have played the character, and audiences are wondering why she’s been changed again.

Why did they replace Cassie Lang?

Marvel is no stranger to replacing actors in their franchise, and Cassie is no exception. She was first played by Abby Ryder Fortson in Ant-Man and its sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Fortson portrayed the character throughout her younger years, giving the character a childish charm and an admiration for her father.

When it came to the five-year gap in Avengers: Endgame, Marvel needed to recast the actress to keep in line with how old Cassie would be at that point in time. Emma Fuhrmann took over this role, playing Cassie in her late teens, and gave an emotional scene after she realized her father was still alive after spending the previous five years thinking he was dead.

From this point, it was assumed that Fuhrmann would continue the role in all future projects, as she was the right age to play a Cassie who had grown into her teen years and getting ready to start her life as an adult. But in 2020, when Marvel head Kevin Feige announced the title of the Ant-Man threequel, he also announced that Kathryn Newton would be taking over as Scott’s daughter.

No reason has been given for the actor swap, but it’s likely because while Fuhrmann was a good Cassie in Endgame, Marvel needed someone more experienced going forward. Quantumania is going to give Cassie a much larger role in the MCU, along with future appearances. Newton, while still a rising star, is a bigger name than Fuhrmann and is more experienced as an actress. This gives her the edge if Marvel wants Cassie to have more screen time in the future.

The answer isn’t likely to be scheduling conflicts with other projects, as at the time of Quantumania’s production Fuhrmann wasn’t making any other films.

Who is the new Cassie Lang?

Cassie Lang will now be played by Kathryn Newton, perhaps best known for her appearance as junior reporter Lucy Stevens in the 2019 film Detective Pikachu

Newton has also had several starring roles, such as the CBS comedy Gary Unmarried, the HBO mystery drama Big Little Lies and the Netflix teen drama The Society.

How old is Cassie Lang in Ant-Man 3?

Director Peyton Reed has explained how old Cassie Lang is in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which also helps pin down the year it takes place. In an interview with the YouTube channel Nerdbunker, Reed explained that Cassie will be turning 18 years old in the film.

“Cassie’s going to be 18 in this movie! That’s great! The whole theme is time, and how much time he’s missed, and his main motivation is just, ‘I want time with my daughter.’ And now, he’s coming into contact with the villain of this movie, Kang the Conqueror, who sort of has dominion over time. What does that mean to them? But I love the idea of Scott still relating to Cassie as a kid, but she’s not. She’s a young adult now, she has her own ideas about what it means to do good in the world, and she’s trying to find her voice as a hero, and she can also be a little critical of her father.”

He went on to say how Cassie approaching adulthood impacts the theme of family in the film.

“That seemed really rich, something very relatable with families, right? Because you don’t always tell your parents everything that you do, they don’t always tell you everything that they’ve experienced, that’s exciting to us, and the Ant-Man movies are always about families. Throwing all these different complications at the characters and sort of pushing them to their limits, that I think is one of the things Paul and I love about these movies.”

Cassie was born on July 19, 2007, which means that Quantumania will take place in the year 2025, two years after the events of Endgame.

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