Tom Hardy to star in Sony's 'Venom'

Katie RamirezMay 20, 2017

Tom Hardy is now in final negotiations with Sony to star in their upcoming movie, Venom.

There'd been rumblings that Sony wanted to make a Venom solo film, and the studio has locked in a major star to take on the iconic Spider-Man baddie.

Topher Grace played Venom - and his human counterpart, Eddie Brock - in 2007's "Spider-Man 3", directed by Sam Raimi.

Wanting to continue to strike while the iron is hot, it has just been announced via The Hollywood Reporter that none other than Tom Hardy will be donning the all-black skin-tight suit for the Venom spin-off movie.

This film, which is now set for a 2018 release, will mark the first time we've seen Venom on the big screen since "Spider-Man 3" in 2007. However exactly which Spider-Man will be saving the day has yet to be made clear. Disgraced and suicidal after his false public accusation, Brock meets the alien symbiote, together becoming Venom and seeking out revenge against Spider-Man.

Sony Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Hardy has signed on to play Eddie Brock in their upcoming R-rated Marvel film Venom. Hardy will now go from the DC Universe and into the Marvel Universe for this role. It is written by The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner, along with Scott Rosenberg.

Venom is aiming to be released on October 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.

Given that Marvel won't be involved in Venom, don't expect to see Tom Holland's web-slinger show up here. The movie is the second reboot of the franchise, this time including the character into Marvel's Cinematic Universe as he tries to balance his double life as Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

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