Tom Hardy, the English actor and producer who received an Oscar nomination for his role as John Fitzgeraldin in the thriller movie, The Revenant, has joined the cast of the Spider-Man spin-off film, Venom. He will portray the title character in the movie.
Sony Pictures announced the casting news on social media by posting a photo of the 39-year-old actor wearing a Venom T-Shirt.
"Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony's Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 – production starts this fall," the tweet said.
The movie, which will be directed by filmmaker Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland fame, is one of the most awaited superhero films to be released next year. It is being scripted by American actor and film producer Scott Rosenberg in association with Jeff Pinkner of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fame.
Venom will revolve around the life of a signature villain from the Spider-Man series. Hardy will play the role of a freelance photographer named Eddie Brock, who gets infected by a liquid-like alien that was in search of a host to survive, according to The Guardian.
"I don't think there's anybody out there who can play this character so perfectly and so brilliantly. If the Sony-based Marvel universe starts casting actors and actresses of this calibre and on this level and with this kind of reputation, you are literally building on the backs of these actors and actresses a really strong foundation," CNBC quoted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at global media measurement and analyst company comScore, as saying.
Venom will be released as part of the new Spider-Man universe created by Marvel Studios in association with Sony Pictures. It was teased in the superhero movie Captain America: Civil War and the first reboot film from the universe is titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. The movie, starring Tom Holland, is slated for release in July.