First look at Paul Rudd in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Paul Rudd as 'Ant-Man' in Marvel's 'Ant-Man.' (Photo via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

LOS ANGELES ( - With production underway on "Ant-Man" in San Francisco, Marvel Studios has released the first photo of Paul Rudd in character in the film. 

Rudd plays con-man Scott Lang who must help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit, which gives the ability to shrink in scale and increase his strength. Using the suit, the two plan to pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel started principal photography Aug. 19 in San Francisco with Peyton Reed at the helm. Much of the film will shoot in Atlanta.

"Ant-Man" will be released July 17, 2015, and will be the first time one of Marvel Comics' original founding members of the Avengers is introduced on the bigscreen. The character first appeared in Marvel's comicbooks in 1962. 

Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, John Slattery, T.I., and Gregg Turkington also star.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing "Ant-Man" with Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.