Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Tom Hardy to play Venom in Spider-Man spinoff

Tom Hardy To Star In 'Venom' Movie Spin-Off Tom Hardy Cast As Lead In Spidey Spin-Off Venom
Theodore Harris | 19 May, 2017, 23:29

Venom is set for a 2018 release date.

This is obviously a major get for Sony, which views Venom as the kickoff to a major web of interconnected movies.

Well, it just got one step closer to reality, as Variety reports that former Bane actor (and nearly Rick Flag in Suicide Squad) Tom Hardy has signed on to play Eddie Brock in a film directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer.

The "Venom" movie will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, who is best known for his work on the horror-comedy film "Zombieland" with production on the movie picking up this summer.

Venom is the first of many Marvel-based projects that Sony plans to release over the coming years.

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Hardy previously played the villain Bane in "Dark Knight Rises", but now switches from DC Comics to Marvel with this casting.

Hardy posted a photo of himself in a Venom T-shirt to celebrate the announcement. In the "Ultimate" Marvel Universe, the suit has a more terrestrial origin, created by Parker and Brock's scientist parents in an attempt to cure cancer. The studio is also developing a Silver Sable/Black Cat project within the Venom universe, along with other Spider-Man characters.

Eddie Brock was originally introduced to the Spider-Man universe as a journalist who exposes a serial killer's identity, only to find out he exposed the wrong man when Spider-Man captures the real killer.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing Venom along with Amy Pascal. I have a sneaking suspicion that Tom Hardy will, at the very least, make for a far more imposing Eddie Brock/Venom. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have been tapped to write the script. The character appeared in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, where he was played by Topher Grace.

Venom is now set for an October 5, 2018, release.

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