Vivien Killilea/Getty Emma Fuhrmann
Emma Fuhrmann is speaking out after being replaced as Cassie Lang in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The actress, who played the daughter of Scott Lang (a.k.a. Ant-Man) in Avengers: Endgame, thanked fans for their well wishes on Twitter Monday, after Marvel Studios announced that Kathryn Newton would be taking over the role in the upcoming third film Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
"Just wanted to come on here & say that I see all your kind messages," wrote the 19-year-old, adding a red heart emoji. "Thank you for all your support. It has meant the world to me. I was as sad as you all were to hear the news Thursday. I can only hope that this means there is something else for me in the future of the MCU."
Fuhrmann said in a follow-up tweet that she "will always be grateful to have been a part of the MCU & the biggest movie of all time."
"Being an actress is still my #1 passion & I look forward to what the future holds," she concluded.
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I will always be grateful to have been a part of the MCU & the biggest movie of all time. Being an actress is still my #1 passion & I look forward to what the future holds.
— Emma Fuhrmann (@EmmaFuhrmann) December 15, 2020
Peyton Reed is back to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer all return. Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror. pic.twitter.com/opXw1cmpFj
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Marvel Studios announced on Thursday that 23-year-old Newton, known for her roles in television series like Big Little Lies and The Society, would take on the role previously played by both Fuhrmann and Abby Ryder Fortson, the latter of whom portrayed a younger Cassie in Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
"Peyton Reed is back to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer all return," the studio's announcement read. "Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror."
Fuhrmann's version of Cassie in Avengers: Endgame saw her aged up after her dad Scott (Rudd, 51) returned from the quantum realm five years after the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp, only to find that villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) had snapped away half of the planet — including Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Lilly, 41) and her parents, Janet van Dyne (Pfeiffer, 62) and Hank Pym (Douglas, 76).
Cassie is shown near the beginning of the film in an emotional reunion with a formerly presumed-dead Scott, who tearfully proclaims that she looks "so big," and again at the end, happily bonding with her dad and his love Hope.
Paul Rudd and Emma Fuhrmann in Avengers: Endgame
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Back in August 2019, Fuhrmann told The International Business Times that she had "Wikipedia'd Cassie Lang" and "learned about the character herself from the comics and the films there."
"On top of that, I went back and watched every single Marvel film in order," she said. "So that was pretty much my prep. I didn't get comics before set, but I did get them after. And I can say that I've read some comics myself."
Of becoming a superhero like Cassie (who, in the comics, later becomes known as Stature and Stinger), the young actress told IBT that "it would be a complete dream come true."
"I just think having girls see more and more female superheroes nowadays is just so empowering, and I would love to be a part of that," Fuhrmann added.