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

Sony plans to release the film on October 5, 2018.

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Tom Hardy is set to star in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man spinoff, “Venom.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer is also in final negotiations to helm the film, which will center around one of Spider-Man’s foes. Production is expected to start in the fall, and the film is slated to be released on October 5, 2018.

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The film is being produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach along with Amy Pascal. Scott Rosenberg (“Con Air,” “Gone in 60 Seconds”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “The 5th Wave”) penned the script, as reported by THR.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, Sony announced on Twitter that Hardy will play Eddie Brock, the original Venom. Hardy has some previous experience playing the villain in a superhero film. He starred as Bane in 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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Sony’s second reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” opens in theaters on July 17. The studio is also working on a Silver Sable and Black Cat film, which is being penned by “Thor: Ragnarok” scribe Chris Yost.

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Too bad. I like Hardy and think he’s one of the best actors ever. Hate to see him do this comic book super hero nonsense. I shall refrain from seeing him lower himself and his talents to this level and maintain my high opinion of him and his work thus far. He’s his own man for sure and I gotta respect that. Good luck, Tommy. Hope they pay you huge amounts of money and it’s a good experience for you and the audiences who love these kinds of flicks.


Sony must really be banking on Hardy to sell this movie; not impressed with the team making it. Nothing personal against the writing staff, just very concerned that this going to be written ‘on the fly’ strictly for the sake of revenue. I don’t want another “Suicide Squad”. Please approach this project like you actually care about your audience!

Fan service + genuine character development + intimidating villain = success

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