Sony is planning to expand its Spider-man universe with a Venom movie. They’ve made a good start by picking Tom Hardy for the central role, and now they’ve cast another excellent British actor in the movie.
Deadline reports that Riz Ahmed is in early talks to join the film. It’s not known exactly who he will play, but it is apparently a ‘popular Marvel Comics character’.
Venom is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. He was introduced to movie audiences in Spider-man 3, but it left fans rather disappointed in how it was used and certainly didn’t leave viewers wanting more, despite how popular the character is in the Marvel comics. Not much has been revealed about the new film’s take on Venom, although it’s believed Hardy will play Eddie Brock, who becomes enmeshed with the symbiote. In the comics he’s generally been a supervillain, but it’s likely he’ll become more antihero for the new movie.
Rube Fleischer is set to direct the movie, which is currently due for release October 2018.