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.
The Tracking Board is reporting that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Riz Ahmed is in final talks to star alongside Tom Hardy in the upcoming Venom film in a mystery role along with Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal and Mathias Schoenarts. While the role is a mystery, several outlets are reporting that he’s playing Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, the rumored villain of the film.
Carnage is the spawn of Venom, and a crazed psychopathic symbiote hell-bent on death and destruction with its host. Carnage’s red color comes from its intensely close blood bond between the symbiote and Kasady after it entered his blood-stream.
It would appear that Sony has more plans for their “Marvel Universe” than we initially thought. JoBlo is reporting that Carnage is rumored to be the primary villain the Tom Hardy-starring Venom film. It’s also rumored that both Kraven the Hunter, and Mysterio, will be getting their own standalone films in the new universe.
Those new characters join a character cast of Venom, Black Cat, and Silver Sable already confirmed as part of Sony’s world.
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So, while the title for Silver & Black was just recently confirmed, we apparently have some plot details for the mysterious film, as well. Take this with a grain of salt, of course, but S&B seems like it could be a fairly fun techno-thriller romp through a strange universe with familiar characters. many of them, quite surprising. Splash Report is reporting on a source close to production that has a load of great details on the film:
Here are some details about the story: Seven years after Mendel Stromm (a.k.a. Robot Master) and his two henchmen (The Scorpion and The Tarantula) killed her father, Silver Sable is hired by the government to find Felicia Hardy. The Black Cat, a master hacker and thief, has apparently stolen valuable secret information. She’s hiding in the lawless and dangerous triple frontier area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
Once there, Sable ask her old contact Dmitri Smerdyakov (a.k.a. The Chameleon) to locate her. But it seems, the government are not the only ones looking for the Black Cat. It seems Felicia had made a deal Stromm to save her father from a Russian prison and she’s been genetically enhanced. Now, the mad scientist wants his prized experiment back because his financier (cough Norman Osborn cough) wants a return on his investment.
Also in the story: Dominic Fortune, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Roxxon Oil, Sergei Kravinoff (Kraven the Hunter), Lonnie Lincoln (Tombstone) and Charles Standish.
The same day that Sony announced their improbable Venom spin-off film, they also announced another spin-off, as well: Black Cat & Silver Sable, which is now officially titled Silver & Black. No cast is attached, nor are there plot details, but we do have a director, now. Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of The Secret Life of Bees, is set to direct the film, with an undisclosed release date.
Given the timing and the quickness at which these projects seem to be moving along, expect casting announcements sooner, rather than later, for both Black Cat’s Felicia Hardy, and Silver Sable.
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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.