Tom Hardy Will Play Venom!

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Hardy previously played the DC Comics supervillain Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, and will be seen this summer in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. That version of the villain was played by Topher Grace, but unfortunately for Sony, Spider-Man 3 wasn't well received by critics.

Sony Pictures has started announcing the cast of Sony's Marvel Universe film "Venom", which is set to release in 2018. Production on the pic is expected to get underway this fall, with an October 5th, 2018 release date being eyed.

Venom is one of Sony's Spider-Man spin-offs following the studio's limited partnership with Disney-backed Marvel Studios for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Sony announced on Twitter that Tom Hardy, known best for his role in The Revenant with Leonardo DiCarpio, will be starring as Eddie Brock in the upcoming film Venom. The character derives his powers - and his villainous streak - from a living, symbiotic alien that takes the form of a black costume, imbuing its host with abilities similar to Spider-Man's.

There has always been pressure for Sony to capitalize on the continued goodwill of its immensely popular Spider-Man series, which arguably spawned the current incarnation of superhero action movies.

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.

Venom is a major villain in the Marvel comics.

Although the studio has been meeting with directors for some time, the actor selection process sped up after Hardy exited J.C. Chandor's action-thriller "Triple Frontier", and Sony saw an opportunity to court an in-demand talent. Dubbing himself "Venom", Brock became one of Spider-Man's most murderous and risky arch-nemeses.

Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) will direct with a script from Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower).

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