Riz Ahmed In Talks To Play Popular Marvel Character in ‘Venom’
It seems that the cast of Sony’s Venom is slowly starting to take shape as Riz Ahmed is in early talks to join Tom Hardy in the Spider-Man spin-off about the webslinger’s arch nemesis. No details have been revealed about the role he is circling, but it will be a popular Marvel Comics character.
Story details about the spin-off have also been under wraps, but Sony has said that it will be separate from the Spider-Man universe, which includes the recent Sony/Marvel Studios collaboration Spider-Man: Homecoming. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are set to write the script for Venom. Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad will produce.
The character of Venom, who is also known as Eddie Brock, was last portrayed on the big screen by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 in 2007.
Riz Ahmed in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in Spider-Man Spinoff ‘Venom’
Riz Ahmed is in early talks to join Sony’s “Venom” movie.
Ruben Fleischer is directing the spinoff of the Spider-Man franchise, and Tom Hardy is attached to star.
While details on Ahmed’s role have not yet been revealed, sources say that he’ll be playing a popular Marvel Comics character. Sony had no comment on the casting.
Sony has already made it clear that “Venom” will play no part in the Spider-Man universe, and that the film will stand on its own.
Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”) will write the script for “Venom,” with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the movie, along with Amy Pascal. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.
“Venom” is set to hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.
Since his inception in 1988, Venom has been one of “Spider-Man’s” most popular characters, making it a top priority for the studio to get the movie off the ground. Venom made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” where he was portrayed by Topher Grace.
Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, Venom has appeared alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, Hulk, and other Marvel Comics characters.
Ahmed is coming off a banner year, both on the television and film front. He starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed “The Night Of,” which earned him a SAG and Emmy nomination, and followed that up with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” He also appeared in “Jason Bourne” opposite Matt Damon.
Ahmed’s other credits include the Toronto Film Festival movie “The City of Tiny Lights” and a recurring role on Netflix’s “The OA,” as well as a guest starring role on HBO’s final season of “Girls” that earned him rave reviews. He just wrapped production on “The Sisters Brothers” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, and John C. Reilly.
He is repped by CAA and Kate Bryden of Gordon and French in the U.K.
The 'Spider-Man' spinoff stars Tom Hardy. Riz Ahmed is looking to join another universe.
The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star is in talks to join Sony's Venom, the studio's first spinoff in a shared universe based on Spider-Man characters. Ahmed's character is being kept under wraps, but insiders say he would not be playing the villain Carnage, which Sony has been looking to cast. Sources say the actor was considered for the role before script changes were made.
Tom Hardy is starring in Venom as the title character, who in the comic books is a photographer named Eddie Brock who, when bonded with an alien symbiote, becomes Venom. He's been both a nemesis of Spider-Man as well as an antihero and protector of the innocent.
Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is directing Venom, which Sony hopes will be the the first in a series of films based on Spider-Man characters. It is also developing the Silver Sable/Black Cat movie Silver & Black from director Gina Prince-Bythewood.
The studio is riding high when it comes to Spidey following Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony's collaboration with Marvel Studios, which received a strong response and has grossed more than $675 million worldwide since opening last month.
Ahmed, who performs music under the name Riz MC, recently starred in the acclaimed HBO drama The Night Of, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.