The Venom Movie Has Chosen Its Star/Symbiote Host: Tom Hardy

Candice Alexander
May 20, 2017

Tom Hardy is returning to the world of comic books and superheroes to portray another iconic villain: Venom.

With Hardy and Fleischer now aboard, Venom will lead what's expected to be Sony's own unique sliver of the Marvel universe - one that will feature other famous Spider-Man rogues, and may include a Black Cat and Silver Sable film. The studio announced the casting in a black-and-white image on social media Friday with the actor donning a T-shirt emblazoned with the character's pearly whites.

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. In Venom, Hardy will play Eddie Brock who is infected by the alien Symbiote to become Spider-man's archenemy Venom. Because of the two different studios collaborating in creating these new Spider-Man films, it is unclear yet whether we will see Hardy's Venom encounter Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the future.

The Spider-Man universe is finally expanding. So, clearly there's some animosity there. But they won't be narratively connected to Sony's latest reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, which kicks off this summer with Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The news broke just over an hour ago, with Hardy confirmed as taking on the role with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer behind the camera.

Venom previously appeared on the big screen, played by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.

Meanwhile, Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) will write the script for Venom, and Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce the movie, along with Amy Pascal. He played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and was originally cast in DC's Suicide Squad before scheduling conflicts forced him out.

This isn't the only villain-centric Spidey-verse film in the making.

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