Tom Hardy has reportedly been cast to play “Venom” in Sony’s upcoming film.
Tom Hardy is planning on returning to the world of superheroes and comic book films as another villain: Venom.
He follows Topher Grace, who was cast for the role in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3. The studio announced the decision by posting a black and white image to social media on Friday with Tom Hardy wearing a shirt with the Venom printed on it.
The caption read: “Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe releading October 5, 2018- production starts this fall.”
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) 19 May 2017
Comments on the Decision
Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst from comScore, said: “I don’t think there’s anybody out there who can play this character so perfectly and so brilliantly.”
“With several moves they can turn this around,” Dergarabedian said. “If the Sony-based Marvel universe starts casting actors and actresses of this caliber and on this level and with this kind of reputation, you are literally building on the backs of these actors and actresses a really strong foundation.”
There appear to be strong support for the decision following Hardy’s most recent role as an iconic villain in Christopher Nolan’s 2012 Batman finale, The Dark Knight Rises, as “Bane.”
About the Film
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland, and produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tomlach, and Amy Pascal, with Palak Patel and Eric Fineman overseeing for Columbia Pictures. The details of the plot are still being worked out.
According to the news outlet, “Venom is a top priority for Sony Pictures.”
“Venom is to usher in a host of movies from Sony’s Marvel and Spider-Man-based universe of characters,” read the THR’s report. “Sony is rebooting its Marvel-based slate with this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and Venom is a key title in its slate.”