VENOM Movie Lead Details

May 19, 2017

We can add another actor to the list of those who have appeared in both a Marvel and DC comic movie, as Sony Pictures upcoming spinoff Venom movie has cast Tom Hardy in the lead role.

Hardy’s in final negotiations to play Eddie Brock in the Venom movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer is tapped to direct the script penned by The Amazing Spider Man 2 writer Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, who wrote the screenplay for the latest Jumanji reboot. (Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn franchise, is also listed as a writer on the latest Venom movie.)

Unfortunately, this movie won’t be a collaboration with the Marvel Cinematic Universe – meaning it’s unlikely Tom Hardy’s Venom will come in direct conflict with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Still, fan reaction over the casting has been very positive so far.

Hardy recently received an Academy Award for his work in The Revenant. He also played Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Hardy’s portrayal of Bane was widely beloved by fans, although the distinctive mask and dialect did make a lot of his lines hard to hear.

“Tom is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can. He’s a very, very physical actor. He transforms himself and it’s there in every movement. He’s not afraid to look at a character from the outside as well as the inside so there’s a deep psychological branch to the character but also a very, very specific awareness of how he’s going to use his body and his appearance to express that character too” – Christopher Nolan, when asked about casting Tom Hardy as Bane back in 2012.

As it appears that he’ll be playing Brock, Hardy will soon be dabbling in both major comic franchises, joining such actors as Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern/Deadpool), Ben Affleck (Batman/Daredevil), Tommy Lee Jones (Two Face/ Colonel Phillips in Captain America), and many more.

Venom gets released on October 5th, 2018, and will be rated R.

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