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Tom Hardy cast as Venom in Sony's Spider-Man film

Tom Hardy cast as Venom in Sony's Spider-Man film

The studio announced the casting in a black-and-white image on social media Friday with the actor donning a T-shirt emblazoned with the character's pearly whites.

Well, it just got one step closer to reality, as Variety reports that former Bane actor (and nearly Rick Flag in Suicide Squad) Tom Hardy has signed on to play Eddie Brock in a film directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer.

Tom Hardy is close to landing the coveted role of Venom in the "Spider-Man" supervillain spin-off. Everyone's favorite symbiote anti-hero, Venom, will be swinging into theaters sooner than expected on October 5, 2018, and now Tom Hardy is confirmed to be playing the one known to speak in the pural first-person while slobbering about brains and some such. So, clearly there's some animosity there.

Venom is a popular Spider-Man villain who's also fought for the good guys, even joining the Guardians of the Galaxy comic books for a spell. Until then, DC Fans have "Wonder Woman" releasing on June 2, 2017, and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" releasing on July 7, 2017.

Tom Hardy, who played Batman's nemesis Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, is an imposing choice to play the villain. The film will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, whose credits include Zombieland and, most recently, episodes of the Drew Barrymore comedy Santa Clarita Diet.

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner will pen the script for the film, while Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal will produce.

Venom previously appeared on the big screen, played by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. Sony still owns separate film rights to a number of Spidey-related characters, however, and any movie they make is apparently going to be separate from the MCU.


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