Motion capture pioneer, Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes, Lord of the Rings) has spilled the beans that Tom Hardy will be bringing Venom to life through the use of motion capture technology, marking a coup for the technology’s usage.
“The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting,” Serkis said. “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.”
Actor Scott Haze (Only the Brave) has joined the cast of Venom in a mystery role, rumored to be Kletus Kasady, aka Carnage, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier, it was believed that Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) was cast in the film as the villain, but his role is said to be something else entirely, now.
Venom is set for release on October 5, 2018, and also stars Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Tom Hardy as the fan-favorite antihero.
Variety is reporting that Academy Award-winning actress, Michelle Williams (Shutter Island, Oz The Great and Powerful) is set to join the cast of Venom, opposite Tom Hardy in the lead role. Williams is set to play a district attorney in the film, and most likely Hardy’s love interest in the film, as well.
Ruben Fleischer is directing Venom, with a script by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower). Venom is set to release on October 5th, 2018.
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A few months back, Sony decided to shock the industry and announce a Venom movie for release next year. Now, they’ve decided to do that again. Variety is reporting that Tom Hardy has officially been cast as Eddie Brock in the film. The famous Spider-Man antihero/villain is expected to lead Sony’s own shared universe, which will be running on the back of Spidey’s large rogues gallery, as a Black Cat and Silver Sable film is also in the works.
Basically, this is the best piece of casting news I have heard in a long time. Though, admittedly, I do wonder where this will leave the Splinter Cell film, which is another Hardy is attached to, that I’m looking forward to.
On top of Hardy, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), has signed on to direct the film. Venom is scheduled for release on October 8th, 2018.