Sony has announced a star and director for its Spider-Man spin-off, Venom.
Oscar nominated actor, Tom Hardy, for his work in The Revenant, is in final negotiations to star in Venom, while Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing Zombieland, is final negotiations to lead the movie project focusing on one of Spider-Man’s greatest nemesis, Vemon.
The film is one of Sony’s top priorities and the production studio is moving full steam ahead as the movie is anticipated to be released October 5, 2018.
Vemon is set to open up Marvel Universe’s barrage of characters, focusing heavily on Spider-Man based storylines. The reboot of Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first of many movies focusing on the Marvel Universe, releasing this summer. A Silver Sable/Black Cat project is also in the works among other characters revolving around Spider-Man comics.
Since 1988, Venom has been one of Marvel’s top villains and a Spider-Man fixture, created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. Venom’s backstory revolves around an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive, giving the host incredible powers. Venom made its first appearance on the big screen in Spider-Man 3, starring Toby McGuire, while Vemon’s character was portrayed by Topher Grace.
Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the latter of whom worked on 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, wrote the script for Venom. While the basis of the story is being kept in dark, we now know that Hardy will play Vemon in the upcoming film.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing, along with Amy Pascal.
Fleischer made a name for himself balancing comedy with action and horror elements and recently helmed episodes of the Drew Barrymore cannibal show Santa Clarita Diet and NBC’s Superstore. He is also a producer on Brie Larson’s directorial debut, Unicorn Store.
Hardy has starred in several films including Mad Max: Fury Road and Dark Knight Rises as Bane, a villain who infamously known for breaking Batman’s back in the comics.
With Venom, Hardy transitions from the DC Universe to join the massive comic world of Marvel Universe.
Shortly after news broke, Sony took to Twitter to alert movie-goers and Marvel fans about Hardy’s role in the upcoming film:
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) May 19, 2017
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