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Marvel's 'Ant-Man' directed by Raleigh native

Posted July 17, 2015 11:20 p.m. EDT
Updated July 20, 2015 6:56 a.m. EDT

— The newest Marvel movie to hit theaters, "Ant-Man," the story of a con-man who decides to become a super hero, was directed by Raleigh native Peyton Reed.

It has been a busy summer for Reed’s parents, Lindsay and Virginia Reed. Last month, they walked the red carpet in Los Angeles.

“I wore a nice, long dress,” Virginia said. “This one was really exciting.”

The Reeds have three sons: one went into banking, another into education and Peyton decided to pursue a career in the movie industry.

“You could imagine the thoughts that went through his father’s head,” Virginia said. “Like, boy you are going to be on my payroll a long time.”

Reed attended Broughton High School and graduated form UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduation, he eventually ended up in California where he worked in television and movies.

Lindsay Reed acted in one of his earliest projects, a student film.

“I was never asked to do a movie again,” Lindsay said.

The Raleigh native's first directing success was “Bring it On” in 2000.

“The story [Ant-Man], at its core, are dual father and daughter stories,” Peyton said.

Reed’s parents said Peyton always loved super heroes.

“Peyton jumped all over it,” Virginia said. “He was really excited.”

Reed was also involved in hits like “Yes Man,” featuring Jim Carrey, and “The Break Up,” featuring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.

Because of their son's career path, the Reeds are no strangers to Hollywood.