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  • EXCLUSIVE: Eva Longoria to join "Avengers" franchise as The Wasp, source says

    Is the 'Desperate Housewife' perfect as the latest Avenger? (Maxim/Marvel)

    Eva Longoria-Parker is thisclose to starring in the second Avengers film as The Wasp, a source close to the project tells FOX411.com exclusively.

    With filming just around the corner, Marvel is eager to tie up their final characters, and they have invited Eva back on several occasions as they have worked to fill the role, the insider said.

    “Marvel is in negotiations with Eva and she is just right for the role,” said the source. “First, she read for the part, then she went into the studio for camera tests. The team liked her for The Wasp so much that she did green screen work in the late spring. She’s perfect in size and attitude. Eva is cute, sexy and full of energy for the part. The character is a bit like Gabby, her character on ‘Desperate Housewives’.”

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    But Eva’s not the only ABC star whose name is being tossed around for the film.

    “Nathan Fillion, a favorite of ["Avengers" director] Joss Whedon is set to play Ant-Man,” our insider said. “Ant-Man is married to The Wasp in the comics. They would be a dynamic duo – both are hilarious and together they will have great comedy and chemistry. It’s a win-win if Eva can tie up the role.”

    A rep from Marvel told FOX411.com that our information about Longoria’s and Fillion’s roles and casting was incorrect.

    However our source said Eva would likely fill out her Wasp costume in New York, where we have learned much of the film will be shot in the coming months.

    “The movie is going to start filming this fall. There’s a lot going on, and scheduling all these busy actors is a task, but so far it seems like everyone’s schedule is coming together,” the insider said. “Right now, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, starring Chris Evans, is shooting in England and it will pretty much be back to back films.”

    This news comes on the heels of Comic Con’s roll-out of the other big-name Avengers stars who are coming together for the first installment. They include Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk).

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