Yahoo Movies reports that Tom Hardy’s performance in Venom will employ performance capture technology.
Performance Capture legend Andy Serkis – who has used the technology for roles in films including the Lord of the Rings series and the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy – revealed the news to the outlet while discussing the awards merits of performance capture roles:
“The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting. Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn… and Karin Konoval who plays Maurice in ‘War For The Planet of the Apes’ – the more A-list actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing The BFG, or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films… Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture. It all points up ‘what is the nature of acting?’ and there is no difference between acting wearing a costume and make up, or wearing a motion capture suit. That’s plain and simple, it just needs awarding bodies to understand that.”
While Andy Serkis did not specifically state that Tom Hardy would be using performance capture for Venom, it should not be difficult to deduce that the fan-favorite Spider-Man antagonist will be brought to life using the technology considering the project recently kicked-off production.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner and Kelly, Tom Hardy will star in the titular role opposite Michelle Williams and Scott Haze with Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed set to join the project.
Venom will be separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has been confirmed to be an origin story of sorts for the popular comic book character.
Venom is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on October 5, 2018.
Source: Yahoo! Movies