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‘Veep’ Actor Reid Scott in Talks to Join Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Reid Scott is in talks to join the cast of Sony’s “Spider-Man” spinoff “Venom” starring Tom Hardy.

Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate are also on board, with Ruben Fleischer directing. Sony had no comment on the casting.

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

The studio has made it clear that Spider-Man will not be in these standalone films, but has left the door open for Venom to possibly appear in other “Spider-Man”-related movies. “Venom” hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.

Since its inception in 1988, the alien symbiote Venom has been one of “Spider-Man’s” most popular characters, making the film a top priority for Sony. The villain made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” where he was portrayed by Topher Grace.

Besides “Veep,” Scott most recently appeared in Open Road’s “Home Again” opposite Reese Witherspoon and can be seen next in “Under the Eiffel Tower.” He also has a recurring role in NBC’s “Great News.” He is repped by Gersh, Impression Entertainment and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP.

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