Tom Hardy to Star in ‘Venom,’ Ruben Fleischer to Direct

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Tom Hardy will star in Sony’s long-awaited “Spider-Man” movie “Venom,” with “Zombieland” helmer Ruben Fleischer on board to direct.

While “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is still two months away from opening, Sony is acting quickly to build its extended universe, which starts with the “Venom” movie.

Although the studio has been meeting with directors for some time, the actor selection process sped up after Hardy exited J.C. Chandor’s action-thriller “Triple Frontier,” and Sony saw an opportunity to court an in-demand talent.

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Fleischer showcased his ability to bring together dark themes and humor in “Zombieland,” and according to sources, Hardy is a huge fan of Venom. Hardy’s only previous film in the superhero genre is 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” in which he played another baddie, Bane.

Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”) will write the script for “Venom,” with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the movie, along with Amy Pascal. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.

“Venom” is set to hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.

Since its inception in 1988, Venom has been one of “Spider-Man’s” most popular characters, making it a top priority for the studio to get a movie off the ground. The character is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. The alien vests its victim with incredible powers. Venom made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” where he was portrayed by Topher Grace.

Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, Venom has appeared alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, Hulk, and other Marvel Comics characters.

Hardy most recently starred in the FX series “Taboo” and can be seen next in Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk.” He is repped by CAA and United Agents.

The film marks Fleischer’s first major tentpole since signing with CAA last year. He has primarily been working in the TV world, specifically on Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet.” He is also currently developing a sequel to “Zombieland.”

Fleischer is also repped by Management 360.

Hardy posted a photo of himself in a Venom T-shirt to celebrate the announcement.

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  1. Lex says:

    Venom? I don’t know. It’s not that interesting a character. He’s alright. Eddie Brock had problems, mostly self-inflicted it seems. They had a terrific villain in him, certainly deserving of Spider-man’s main roster of original bad guys, but then they tried to make him a hero and replaced him with Carnage. I still have my Amazing Spider-man 300, which is worthless because it’s signed by the artist. Well, it means something to me.

  2. fusemark says:

    Poor actor, how dehumanizing can Hollywood get?

  3. willy wonka says:

    Calling it now…this will flop hard.

  4. Bonzodacolwn says:

    Lool was Topher Grace noe available??

  5. Kim says:

    Two great news, Venom and Hardy. I don’t need to know anything else about this film, I’ll be at the premiere with some popcorn.

  6. Bill B. says:

    Not sure about the property, but Hardy is a great actor who seemingly can pull anything off.

  7. Lucky says:

    This is about the only name that would get me interested in this Venom scenario, though it doesn’t seem like a great move for Hardy.

  8. Caligula says:

    no thanks

  9. Vic Nardozza says:

    Tom Hardy blows. Low energy, mumbling no talent will butcher Venom the way he did Bane.

  10. NOPE says:

    MARVEL STUDIOS OR NOTHING!!!

  11. Robin Martz says:

    Tom Hardy can do ANYTHING he wants. And be good at it.

  12. Timely Comment says:

    “Bane” as “Venom”?? Tom Hardy joins the Hollywood actor rank who now made theirs MARVEL instead of the Distinguished Competition… and enters the list of ex-DC stars who moved to the other side instead.

    The star wattage differential between actors who have chosen roles in one movie playground over the other is quite interesting as a comicbook fan. (“Drago” with “Drogo” in the AQUAMAN film vs. “Rocky” in GOTG 2 as a bad guy, while “Jango Fett” is his father and “Andy Dwyer” gets “Snake Plissken”.The DC Films Universe should finally get Tom Cruise and seal the deal.)

    Let’s see if the VENOM movie end product delivers.

  13. lazynigsgetfreeshit says:

    I hope that they wrote a good script and make Venom terrifying and scary. I hope they make it so Spidey never knows where he is and pops up and makes the audience jump.

  14. LOL says:

    Wow, such talent in such crap.

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