Hat tip to our own Shaun Martineau for bringing this to our attention. Sony has apparently cast Tom ‘Bane’ Hardy to star in their recently announced Venom film, directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 2009). From Variety:
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 go after an in-demand talent.
Fleischer showcased his ability to bring together dark themes and humor in “Zombieland,” and according to sources, Hardy is a huge fan of Venom. Hardy’s only previous film in the superhero genre is 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” in which he played another baddie, Bane.
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.
Back in the day, before the disappointing performance of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and email hacks, Sony had a lot of internal discussion about Tom Hardy as Sandman in a Drew Goddard-directed Sinister Six, aiming it to be like ‘the Sex Pistols.’ None of that ever came to fruition.
I continue to remain skeptical that this even gets made and will believe it’s happening when I see the first set production pics. Same with the Silver Sable/Black Cat buddy movie.