Tom Hardy to Play Venom, Ruben Fleischer to Direct

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This will be the second major touchstone of 1990s comic book villainy Hardy will take on after previously portraying Bane to iconic results in Christopher Nolan's final Batman picture.

Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony's Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 - production starts this fall. The studio announced the casting in a black-and-white image on social media Friday with the actor donning a T-shirt emblazoned with the character's pearly whites.

A few months ago, we learned that Sony was planning a Venom movie for 2018 as part of their attempt to use Spider-Man: Homecoming to create a new universe of movies starring Peter Parker's enemies and allies.

There are no plot details but Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock, the character who first became Venom.

While it remains to be seen whether or not a Spider-Man-free Venom movie is a legitimately good idea, it is encouraging to see someone with Hardy's talents onboard to star in the project. No word on the story, though the report notes Hardy is most likely playing Eddie Brock. Will Sony cast a new Spider-Man? So, clearly there's some animosity there. Venom has been in development for a while, but various Spider-Man reboots have caused it to exist in its own pocket cinematic universe, which is just as well.

Tom Hardy, who has been a huge fan of Venom - yes, yes that's him in a selfie he took announcing the role - was the meat and potatoes of Mad Max: Fury Road. Ruben Fleischer, best known as the director of Zombieland, is in negotiations to helm the project.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing along with Amy Pascal.

There was a Venom screenplay written by Dante Harper (Alien: Covenant) but it now appears that Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg are working on the current version.