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Although Venom has been assembling its main cast since May, few character details have come out since that time. Besides Tom Hardy playing Eddie Brock/Venom and the report that the symbiote-powered anti-hero will battle Carnage, we haven't officially learned who any of the other actors are playing, until now. Back in late September, Manchester by the Sea's Michelle Williams was brought on board, and many Venom fans suspected that she would be playing Ann Weying, Eddie Brock's ex-wife from the comics. Now Williams has confirmed that she will indeed appear in the Venom movie as Ann. When asked if she could say anything about Ann Weying, along with if Venom is comparable to any other project she's worked on, Willaims responded:
I've done one other movie where I was asked to track a tennis ball with my eyes and pretend it was a giant creature thing. Not my favorite thing in the world to do, but it is a skill set and I'm trying to learn it. And uh, she's, geez, what can I tell you? Not too much right now.
Given that Venom is a little under a year away, it's not surprising that Michelle Williams didn't disclose any details about how Ann Weying fits into the picture. When Williams casting was originally reported, it was said that she would be playing a district attorney, which lines up with Ann's line of work in the comics. However, rather than already being separated from Eddie before he becomes Venom, Williams' Ann will reportedly become romantically involved with him while he's dealing with being joined with the symbiote. Williams also mentioned in her interview with Screen Rant that one of the reasons she joined Venom was for the opportunity to work with Tom Hardy, as she "wanted to challenge" herself with him as a partner.
Along with Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, Venom's cast includes Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate, while Reid Scott and Woody Harrelson were reported to be in negotiations for roles. Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is directing the Venom movie, with Kelly Marcel, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg attached as screenwriters. Outside of this being an R-rated, horror take on the character, no official Venom plot details have been revealed yet, though the movie is rumored to be inspired by the Lethal Protector storyline. It's also worth noting that Ann Weying briefly served as Venom when Eddie Brock bonded her with the symbiote to save her life. As She-Venom, Ann targeted the men who hurt her, but Eddie was eventually able to severe her bond with the symbiote and attach the creature to himself again. It's uncertain whether or not the Venom movie will put Williams' Ann through a similar scenario.
Venom hits theaters on October 5, 2018. As for the other major motion pictures arriving next year, look through our 2018 premiere guide for release date information.