According to Variety, actress Michelle Williams is officially in talks to star opposite Tom Hardy in Sony's upcoming Spider-Man spinoff. The report, which comes to us from Variety, says that the studio has been making the rounds to several actresses in the last month or so, and Williams might just be the one to win the role. And now they're adding Michelle Williams to the cast.
"Venom" will be a standalone movie and Sony Pictures has confirmed it will not be a part of the Spider-Man universe.
Sony has been trying for some time to work on a feature film for Venom. After toying with the idea of kicking off a cinematic universe with The Sinister Six, Sony turned to Venom instead and booked genre stalwart Tom Hardy in the lead role.
Once signed on, Williams will also join recent Emmy award-winning The Night Of actor Riz Ahmed. As a result, you have a creature with all of Venom's powers, but none of Eddie Brock's (admittedly limited) morals and scruples.
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First introduced as an independent character in a 1988 issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, Venom started off as a telepathically controlled, alien costume worn by Spider-Man's alter ego, Peter Parker. Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad will produce.
Venom made his big-screen debut in 2007's Spider-Man 3, with Topher Grace portraying Eddie Brock in the notoriously maligned Spider-Man franchise sequel. In any event, this is certainly an excuse to take Venom to some darker places away from the MCU, much like the highly successful R-rated superhero films recently released by 20th Century Fox with Deadpool and Logan.
Venom is now scheduled to be released on October 5, 2018.