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Sony's new planned Venom film already boasts the performing talents of Tom Hardy. And if the studio has its way, it'll also feature Riz Ahmed , who is in early talks to join the movie.
Given the preliminary nature of the attempt to hatch a deal, there has been no official confirmation, and Sony won't say exactly who Ahmed could end up playing. But
Variety has heard it would be a "popular Marvel Comics character". He's the new new new Spidey! Okay, not so much – especially since Marvel has said that everyone's favourite friendly neighbourhood web-slinger (Tom Holland is the man in the suit) may not even appear in this film, which aims to stand alone from the likes of
Spider-Man: Homecoming .
Ruben Fleischer is on to direct the new movie, with Hardy as Eddie Brock, who is merged with the outer space symbiont and gains his own set of powers and a distinctly less friendly attitude than Spidey. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have been figuring out the script for the movie, which currently lays claim to a 5 October, 2018 release date, and an apparent stand-off with Warners' DCEU entry Aquaman.
Ahmed was last seen in City Of Tiny Lights and is at work on Western tale The Sisters Brothers