Michelle Williams in Talks for 'Venom' Lead Opposite Tom Hardy

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September 29, 2017

According to Variety sources, Williams would essay the role of a district attorney and possibly Hardys love interest.

Sony did not comment on the casting, but according to the report, Sony Pictures has been considering several actresses for the lead role and made a decision to offer it to Williams after seeing the trailer for her upcoming film All the Money in the World with Ridley Scott. Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg are writing the script for the film, which is a standalone film spearate from Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

In May, Hardy was announced to play the villain on Twitter by Sony Pictures and will be part of Sony's Marvel Universe - which exists outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

EW has confirmed the actress is in talks for a role in the film, which stars Hardy as the eponymous character.

Williams isn't the only new cast member set to join Hardy on the upcoming project.

Her upcoming films include Todd Haynes' "Wonderstruck", Fox's musical "The Greatest Showman on Earth", and Scott's "All the Money in the World", all of which could figure in the awards season conversation. Williams is now best known for her Oscar nominated roles in Brokeback Mountain and Blue Valentine. But with Hardy in the role of Eddie Brock, the human who bonds with the alien symbiote known as Venom, and Williams to reportedly play opposite him, Venom is starting to look more promising. As a result, you have a creature with all of Venom's powers, but none of Eddie Brock's (admittedly limited) morals and scruples. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing.

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

Sony has set the film, which will be called Venom, a release date of 5 October 2018.

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