Spider-Man spinoff 'Venom' casts Tom Hardy in lead role

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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.

Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are in line to produce the Venom film.

After dropping out of J.C. Chandor's Triple Frontier, Hardy was pursued by Sony for the role, given the gap in his schedule and the fact that Hardy has always been a huge fan of the character; the studio's directorial search reportedly took a bit longer. A separate source close to Kurtzman appeared surprised about reports he was back in the picture to direct, and told Den of Geek that Kurtzman is right now focused on getting The Mummy completed and that they have heard nothing about his involvement in a Venom movie. This was originally a ploy by then-editor-in-chief Jim Shooter to sell Spider-Man action figures (which it did), but it wound up becoming a major part of Spider-Man lore when the suit began trying to permanently bond itself with Peter Parker. The actor is of course no stranger to comic book adaptations, having played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and briefly being attached to Suicide Squad as Rick Flagg, a role that eventually went to Joel Kinnaman. Tom Holland is the latest actor to play Spider-Man [Image by Rich Fury/Getty Images] Vulture, of course, will be the primary antagonist in the upcoming Spider-Man film. While they're now letting Marvel Studios use Peter Parker in the MCU-set Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War, Venom is going to be separate from all that. Will Sony cast a new Spider-Man?

Tom Hardy will be switching comic universes from DC to Marvel.

Hardy, who was recently nominated for an Academy Award following his work in The Revenant, is in final negotiations to star as Venom (Eddie Brock) in the self-titled film set for release on October 5, 2018.

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The movie will be an extension of the Spider-Man universe, following on the heels of "Spider-man: Homecoming", which will release in July, Variety reported.

Venom will strike theaters on October 5, 2018.

The official Twitter handle of Sony Pictures shared the news of Hardy, starring in upcoming "Spider Man's spin-called 'Venom".

What do you think of Hardy's hire?

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