T.I., Bobby Cannavale among new 'Ant-Man' cast members

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Hip hop artist T.I, Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., at the January 2013 premiere of "Gangster Squad"

Marvel's 2015 project "Ant-Man" adds rapper and actor T.I. to its personnel, as well as actors from "Boardwalk Empire," "Archer" and "Mad Men."

Already well established as a hip hop artist, T.I. is releasing his ninth major label album -- "Paperwork: The Motion Picture" -- in September of this year, having collaborated with Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Jeezy, B.o.B. and Rick Ross during the course of its creation.

But there's more on T.I.'s slate, with the Atlantan rapper having previously held roles in "American Gangsters," "Takers" and the semi-autobiographical "ATL."

Now T.I., born Clifford Joeseph Harris, Jr., is on the cast list for "Ant-Man," set for July 17, 2015, with Peyton Reed ("Down With Love," "The Break-Up") installed as director since June 2014.

He is accompanied by fellow new additions and mainstream TV series stars in Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire"), Judy Greer ("Archer") and John Slattery ("Mad Men").

Paul Rudd plays conscionable burglar Scott Lang, with Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, the creator of the Ant-Man persona who then passes his responsibilities onto the younger man.

According to Marvel's casting announcement, John Slattery is also taking part in "Ant-Man"; the "Desperate Housewives" and "Mad Men" actor was seen in "Iron Man 2" as Tony Stark's father, Howard.

Additional confirmation was given for the participation of Michael Peña ("Gangster Squad," "American Hustle") and David Dastmalchian ("Prisoners"), who had previously been connected to the project, as well as new names in Wood Harris ("The Wire"), Australian comedian Gregg Turkington ("Gravity Falls") and the young Abby Ryder Fortson (TV series "Transparent").