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Tom Hardy to Play Venom, Ruben Fleischer to Direct

Tom Hardy to Play Venom, Ruben Fleischer to Direct

Tom Hardy played Bane in WB's The Dark Knight, and ever since then has been reportedly offered numerous super hero roles.

They also signed Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less) to direct the Spider-Man spin-off. Venom was previously played by Topher Grace in 2007's Spider-Man 3.

The news of Hardy's casting was accompanied by a photo of the actor in a Venom t-shirt proudly proclaiming that he was a "huge fan of Venom".

With Hardy, it goes without saying though that our interest levels in this Venom movie have just taken a giant NY skyline swing to well and truly. intrigued! Sony also announced this morning that the film will be released on October 5, 2018 and production will start this fall.

It has been rumored for some time now that Sony wanted to expand on their Spider-Man universe by creating films based on the web-slinger's most popular villains. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner will write the script and production begins in the fall. The symbiote originally attaches himself to Spider-Man, but when Peter Parker realizes how its affecting him, he separates himself from the creature.

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With Spider-Man enjoying a successful big screen career in the MCU, #SonyPictures is working hard on kickstarting its very own Spider-Man-inspired cinematic universe. That will be plenty of DC action to watch before "Venom" hits theaters, and that's not even including "Justice League" this November, or "Aquaman" in 2018.

It looks like a larger shared Spider-Man universe, whether it features Spidey or not, is back on at Sony Pictures.

Tom Hardy has had quite a bust schedule these past few years, his film "Dunkirk" is set to release this summer.

Venom is a major villain in the Marvel comics.

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