Tom Hardy to Star as ‘Venom’ for Sony, Ruben Fleischer Set to Direct

Movie based on Marvel comic will be released on Oct. 5, 2018 with a production start date of fall 2017

Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock in “Venom,” the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe, TheWrap learned from a source close to the project.

Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) to direct. “Venom” will be released on Oct. 5, 2018 with a production start date of fall 2017.

“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters. (The studio says it is not a “Spider-Man” spinoff, as other outlets have reported).

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing along with Amy Pascal.

Palak Patel and Eric Fineman overseeing for Columbia Pictures.

Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and is unique because Eddie Brock is able to converse and have a relationship with the alien parasite race, called symbiote, which culminates into him becoming Venom.

Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, “Venom” has appeared alongside “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “Deadpool,” “Hulk” and many other Marvel Comics characters.

Tom Hardy is a huge fan of Venom and has a strikingly similar look to the original comic’s depiction of Eddie Brock.

Hardy posted a picture of himself in a Venom T-shirt.

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Hardy was last seen in the FX series “Taboo” and can be seen next in Christopher Nolan’s World War II film “Dunkirk.” Hardy is repped by CAA and United Agents.

“Venom” marks Fleischer’s first major tentpole film since signing with CAA last year. Fleischer is also currently developing a sequel to “Zombieland.”