Tom Hardy Cast As Lead In Spidey Spin-Off Venom

Hardy is no stranger to comic book movies, having played Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

There'd been rumblings that Sony wanted to make a Venom solo film, and the studio has locked in a major star to take on the iconic Spider-Man baddie. Ruben Fleischer, best known as the director of Zombieland, is in negotiations to helm the project.

The Venom character appeared in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, although the reception to that portrayal was less than stellar.

News that Hardy would portray Venom quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, adding to the social media wind at Sony's back.

The project is one of Sony's top priorities and the studio is not wasting time as the movie is set to open October 5, 2018.

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Hollywood Reporter announced that the Venom movie is not a spin-off of the Marvel Spider-Man movie, it's actually the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe of characters.

One of Spider-Man's most famous enemies, Venom, is getting his own movie and Sony has enlisted Tom Hardy for the starring role as Eddie Brock. With the infamous anti-hero possibly fitting into plans of a new shared Spider-Man universe. That's the challenge facing writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who penned the Venom script, and Fleischer.

In casting Hardy as the long-time Spider-Man rival, Sony has secured a critically acclaimed actor to play a dark, multi-layered fan-favorite. The disgraced man comes into contact with the alien Symbiote and they bond together to form the villain Venom while seeking revenge on Peter Parker.

Hardy usually has fun playing with grotesque characters and after Topher Grace's meek portrayal, we now have a Venom from the complete opposite scale of monstrous.

  • Carlos Nash