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The Venom movie developing at Sony Pictures has already attracted some pretty impressive names. Tom Hardy will be playing the popular comic book anti-hero, but he is surrounded by a supporting cast that includes Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate. And while the movie is now fairly deep into production, it is apparently in the process of adding yet another big name - specifically Woody Harrelson.
While a deal has not yet been signed, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Woody Harrelson is now in negotiations for an unspecified part in Venom. Rumors have apparently been on and off for a while now, but it is worth noting that the actor and the project do have a notable connection - specifically that Harrelson previously worked with director Ruben Fleischer on the the filmmaker's directorial debut, Zombieland.
It's funny to potentially see Woody Harrelson take a role in this project, just because of the way he's been collecting franchise roles in recent years. The guy hasn't lost any of his indie credibility (he's incredible in Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), but just a few years ago it a shock to see him take on a part in The Hunger Games because he had never made a sequel before. Now the guy can be found in many big franchise titles, including Now You See Me 2, War For the Planet Of The Apes, and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. Venom could be a nice addition to that collection - even if the project does appear to be set in its own comic book world and feature little association with Spider-Man.
Venom, which has been filming since October, is surely not going to be in production for a much longer (it's not a huge blockbuster production), but is apparently still adding pieces to the puzzle. Not much is known about the story that the film will tell with the character, though it's been said that it will be inspired by some of Venom's earliest solo Marvel comics. The project has multiple screenwriters, including Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle).
In recent weeks we've started to see trailer releases for some of 2018's most anticipated titles - including Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Avengers: Infinity War, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but you may not want to hold your breath waiting for the first look at Venom. The film isn't coming out until October 5th next year, which means that the marketing department may not be in full swing just yet. That being said, we'll certainly continue to keep a very close eye on the project, so stay tuned for more updates, and check out our 2018 Release Calendar here.