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'Venom' Might Enlist Michelle Williams to Star Opposite Tom Hardy

29 September 2017, 12:39 | Lowell Little

The Tracking Board has revealed that Michelle Williams is in talks to take on the female lead in Sony’s upcoming Venom movie opposite Tom Hardy

Michelle Williams Venom

The actress, who just this year received an Oscar nomination for her role in Manchester By The Sea, joins the film's uber talented cast with fellow Academy nominee Tom Hardy, and this year's Emmy victor Riz Ahmed.

According to Variety, Michelle Williams is playing a district attorney and possible love interest to Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock. Sony wouldn't comment, but sources say talks are underway. Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland") is directing the spinoff, which is set to begin production next month. The upcoming R-rated Venom will certainly be one to watch out for now that it has added the stellar acting skills of Michelle Williams, and possibly #SheVenom to the mix.

As previously reported, Venom is completely separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and won't feature Tom Holland's Spider-Man. This is obviously a major get for Sony, which views Venom as the kickoff to a major web of interconnected movies.

There was a Venom screenplay written by Dante Harper (Alien: Covenant) but it now appears that Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg are working on the current version. This role feels weird for Williams, as she's already getting Oscar Buzz for Ridley Scott's All The Money In the World, is supposedly great in Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck, and hasn't been in a big studio picture since Oz: The Great and the Powerful (which is, admittedly, fun).

That would pit an Oscar-nominated actress against an Oscar-nominated actor in a superhero movie meant to launch a Sony-centric Marvel universe without their mainstay hero, Spider-Man, showing up at all. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing.

Venom made his big-screen debut in 2007's Spider-Man 3, with Topher Grace portraying Eddie Brock in the notoriously maligned Spider-Man franchise sequel.

The Venom movie is said to be a gritty, horror-inspired take on the Marvel anti-hero.

Venom is due in theaters October 5, 2018.

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