Venom movie: Michelle Williams in talks to join cast

Riz Ahmed is also on the call sheet for Sony's project about one of Spider-Man's signature villains
Michelle Williams Joins Tom Hardy in Venom Movie

29 September, 2017

Although at the time of reporting, Williams' role has not been revealed but joins fellow actors Riz Ahmed and Tom Hardy - who is to star in the titular role.

Details about the Manchester By the Sea star's role are being kept under wraps, but according to she will play a district attorney and a possible love interest of Hardy's if she signs on.

One character Williams could be playing is Anne Weying, Eddie Brock's ex-wife who later bonds with the symbiote to become She-Venom. Sony wouldn't comment, but sources say talks are underway.

Venom is being directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. That film was initially expected to spawn a solo Venom movie, but the planned spinoff never materialized.

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A little confused? Sony owned the film rights to Spider-Man and all his related supporting characters since the early 2000s, but after the studio struck a deal with Marvel in 2015 allowing Marvel Studios to use him in the MCU, the webslinger became a little too booked by Marvel to become the focal point of a new cinematic universe - which Sony still meant to launch. As a result, you have a creature with all of Venom's powers, but none of Eddie Brock's (admittedly limited) morals and scruples.

Considered one of Spidey's greatest enemies, Venom made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #300. 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.

The movie is set to hit theatres on 5 October, 2018.

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