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More than a decade after his underwhelming live action debut in Spider-Man 3, Venom is getting a second chance at silver screen glory in his upcoming solo movie. As the first entry of Sony's Spider-Man spinoff universe, Venom will adapt Eddie Brock's origin story, only this time, it will be without the presence of a certain Web-Slinger. The symbiote-powered anti-hero's tale has slowly been building its cast, and the latest addition looks like it will be Veep star Reid Scott.
According to Variety, Reid Scott is in early talks to hop on to Venom, and if a deal is finalized, he would join a cast that consists so far of Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate. Scott's movie appearances include I'll See You In My Dreams, The Veil and Home Again, unquestionably making Venom his biggest cinematic work yet. In the world of television, his credits include My Boys, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Big C and Turbo FAST, but he's best known for playing Dan Egan on the HBO series Veep, which will air its final season next year.
No details were provided on who Scott would be playing, but given how sociopathic and narcissistic Dan Egan is on Veep, I it wouldn't be surprising if this is the man who Venom director Ruben Fleischer wants to play the main antagonist, Carnage. In the comics, the Carnage symbiote is one of the Venom symbiote's offsprings, and like Venom, Carnage is one of Spider-Man's most dangerous adversaries. However, while Eddie Brock is at at least guided by a moral compass (misguided it may be), the Carnage symbiote's host, Cletus Kasady, is a sadistic serial killer who takes joy in spreading chaos to be truly free in his eyes.
It's already been reported that Riz Ahmed will not play Carnage in the Venom movie, so with only one other male actor announced to co-star alongside Tom Hardy so far, perhaps Reid Scott is who we can look forward to seeing as the first live action Carnage. Then again, since no plot details for Venom have been announced yet, there are plenty of other characters Scott is being eyed for. For all we know, he could end up portraying anyone from a scientist to a common street criminal to a politician. Rest assured, when more information emerges concerning Scott's role in Venom, not to mention any other cool updates surrounding the Sony superhero project, we'll be sure to let you know.
Mixing the character's comic book background with horror elements to hit an R rating, Venom will be released in theaters on October 5, 2018. Don't forget to look through our 2018 movie premiere guide to find out what other theatrical offerings will arrive next year.