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Earlier this week, it was reported that in addition to Woody Harrleson’s Cletus Kasady, who’s expected to become Carnage, Venom 2 will include another villain, in the form of Shriek. Well, preproduction on this superhero movie sequel moves pretty fast, because word’s come in that Skyfall star Naomie Harris is being looked at for the role.
For right now, per Variety, Naomi Harris is in talks to play Shriek in Venom 2. If a deal is worked out, she would be the fourth actor to join the sequel, following behind Woody Harrelson, Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, with the latter two obviously reprising Eddie Brock and Ann Weying, respectively.
No specific details about Venom 2’s version of Shriek have been revealed yet, but if she’s anything like her comic book counterpart, we can presumably count on her working with Carnage as the story unfolds. In the comics, Shriek debuted at the start of the Maximum Carnage event, where she was freed from the Ravencroft mental institution by the symbiote-powered serial killer and caused a lot of trouble with him and other unhinged super villains. Since then, she’s bounced between continuing her partnership with Carnage and allying herself with other Marvel antagonists.
Shriek’s traditional powers include flight, sound manipulation and tapping into a person’s inner darkness. That said, it’s unclear if she’ll have those same abilities if Venom 2 or if she’ll be given a different set of powers. Who knows, maybe this version of the character will simply follow in Eddie Brock and Cletus Kasady’s footsteps and be bonded to a symbiote.
Regardless, considering that Shriek’s only appearances outside the comics have been in one animated series and two video games, getting to participate in Venom 2 will boost her profile significantly. And with the sequel scheduled to begin production in the coming months, we should know soon whether it’ll work out for Naomie Harris to play Shriek, or if a different actress will ultimately be chosen.
Along with playing Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall, Spectre and the upcoming No Time to Die, Naomi Harris’ credits include two Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Collateral Beauty, Moonlight, Rampage and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. She can next be seen in Black and Blue, which opens on October 25.
Venom 2 is the third entry in Sony’s live-action Marvel universe, following behind its predecessor and the Jared Leto-led Morbius. Because director Ruben Fleischer was too busy with Zombieland: Double Tap to return for Venom 2, Andy Serkis was tapped as his replacement. Robert Richardson will serve as the director of photography.
Although Venom 2’s release date hasn’t been officially announced yet, given that Sony scored the October 2, 2020 slot for one of its Marvel adaptations, we can reasonably assume that’s where Venom 2 will go since Morbius is already scheduled for July 31, 2020. In any case, keep checking back for more news on its development.