Riz Ahmed In Talks To Join Sony’s Spider-Man Spinoff ‘Venom’

Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is in early negotiations to join Tom Hardy Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Venom.

Character details remain under wraps, however, inside sources say the Rogue One actor is in talks to play a popular Marvel Comics character according to Variety. In addition, Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal and Mathias Schoenarts are also in the mix for the role. Sources close to the project confirmed the said popular character is not Carnage.

Sony’s Venom is a standalone Spider-Man spinoff, separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Hardy in the starring role as the reporter turned Spider-Man nemesis, Eddie Brock. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is set to helm the project from a script being written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower). Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing.

The film currently in pre-production has been confirmed to be an origin story of sorts for Venom with Fleischer likening the dynamic between Brock and the Symbiote to that of Jekyll and Hyde. It is unclear whether the Symbiote is the result of a virus or will remain true to its alien origins but if the film takes influence from Ultimate Spider-Man as did the recent Spider-Man: Homecoming, it would be possible the Symbiote could be a living organism created from Spider-Man’s DNAalthough Peter Parker himself, Tom Holland is unlikely to have any involvement with the current project.

Venom is currently slated to hit theaters on October 5, 2018. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Venom as we learn it.

Source: Variety, Justin Kroll

5 Ways Venom Could Show Up In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Even before Sony lent Spider-Man to Marvel Studios, there was talk about Sony doing their own spin-off films focusing on characters they owned, including both heroes and villains. The end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 even teased a possible Sinister Six film. Many thought that Venom, one of Spider Man’s most popular villains, would also get his own film. Although he appeared in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man 3, Venom was less than well received. If anyone could use a character redemption, it was Eddie Brock.

Those hopes seemed to dash after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was deemed a failure and Sony’s future with the Spider-Man character seemed uncertain. It seemed as if the movie gods smiled on fans as Sony worked out a partnership with Marvel Studios, which allowed Spider-Man to appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Spider-Man’s first appearance in the MCU was in Captain America: Civil War and actor Tom Holland’s performance as the wall-crawler was universally praised.

But Sony’s not done doing their own thing. It was announced that a movie featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat was in the works. It was then revealed that Tom Hardy is attached to play Venom in another project. Marvel Studios has previously said that these projects would be based at Sony and exist outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Amy Pascal recently said that the Silver Sable and Black Cat film, as well as Venom, are set within the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Did she let something slip, or was this wishful thinking on her part? Either way, that led us here at Heroic Hollywood to think of ways that Venom could be incorporated into and show up in the MCU. Click Next to take a look…

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

News Editor, Film/TV Reporter at Heroic Hollywood.