Tom Hardy to Play VENOM in Spider-Man Offshoot!

This won't be Hardy's first time playing an iconic comic book venom.

Tom Hardy, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in The Revenant, is in final negotiations to star in Venom, while Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing Zombieland, is final negotiations to helm the movie project centering on one of Spider-Man's signature villains.

Venom was recently scheduled for release on October 5, 2018, and Sony also announced a fall start of production.

According to The Tracking Board, Tom Hardy "is said to be a huge fan of Venom, and Sony execs think he bears a striking resemblance to the original comic's depiction of Eddie Brock, which never hurts".

Venom will be part of a new Spider-Man universe that was briefly teased in Captain America: Civil War, which introduced Tom Holland as the latest iteration of Peter Parker.

This is obviously a major get for Sony, which views Venom as the kickoff to a major web of interconnected movies. In 2007, he was portrayed by Topher Grace in "Spider-Man 3". So, clearly there's some animosity there. The studio's next project, Spider-Man: Homecoming, will be released as a joint project between Marvel Studios and Sony.

It looks like a larger shared Spider-Man universe, whether it features Spidey or not, is back on at Sony Pictures. Disgraced and suicidal after his false public accusation, Brock meets the alien symbiote, together becoming Venom and seeking out revenge against Spider-Man. Hardy famously played marble-mouthed Batman villain Bane opposite Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises". Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have been tapped to write the script. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing along with Amy Pascal, with Palak Patel and Eric Fineman overseeing for Columbia Pictures. The studio is eagerly aiming to make the film's 2018 release date.

  • Salvatore Jensen