Tom Hardy to Play VENOM in Spider-Man Offshoot!
The long awaited first real spinoff of the Spider-Man movie series just got a shot in the arm with the announcement that Tom Hardy has been cast to play the titular character Venom and that Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer has been tapped to helm.
There has long been pressure for Sony to capitalize on the continued goodwill of its immensely popular Spider-Man series, which arguably spawned the current incarnation of superhero action movies.
The next installment – Spider-Man: Homecoming – is a couple of months away, but the slated October 5, 2018 release date will come faster than you think.
Hardy seems like a solid choice for the role of the alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive and that gives great power while infecting his patron. He did after all pretty much knock it out of the park the one time he ventured into the comic book genre- when he portrayed Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
Hardy also professes fandom for the character, tweeting a shot of himself with a Venom shirt shortly after the exciting announcement.
As fans know, the character first appeared on the big screen portrayed by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3, but we are more excited to see the much more action movie friendly Hardy take on the role. Hardy will next be seen this summer in Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Dunkirk, about the pivotal world War II novel.
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.
Venom is set for release in October of 2018 and we will have all the up to date information here!