Michelle Williams is in talks to join the cast of “Venom,” insiders tell TheWrap.
Williams would join Tom Hardy in Sony’s upcoming spin-off based on the famous “Spider-Man” villain, which is being directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. The spin-off, which will be independent from “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” will be released October 5, 2018.
“Venom” would be the first foray into superhero films for the actress, who first broke through on the TV show “Dawson’s Creek.”
Venom, aka Eddie Brock, was played by Topher Grace in 2007’s “Spider-Man 3.” Brock gains spider-like powers — and terrifying fangs — when he bonds with a symbiotic organism that takes on the form of a shape-shifting black costume. In the Marvel Comics, the costume initially belonged to Spider-Man, but it’s unclear what it’s origin will be in the new film.
Williams received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at this year’s Oscars for her performance in “Manchester By The Sea,” the fourth of her career. She will next appear in Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” Fox’s musical “The Greatest Showman,” and in Ridley Scott’s crime drama “All the Money in the World,” the latter of which is also being distributed by Sony.
Williams is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment. Sony declined to comment on the casting.
Summer 2017 Movie Winners and Losers, From 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' to 'The House' (Photos)
Who killed it this summer, and who should hope to have a better fall? Check out TheWrap's list of this summer's movie winners and losers.
WINNER: "Wonder Woman"Apart from making more than $400 million at the domestic box office, the movie was critically lauded and united girls, boys, men and women all over the world -- doing did things no superhero movie has done before it.
LOSER: "Rough Night"Unfortunately, Sony's "Rough Night" has only banked $22 million so far although it was produced for $20 million. Plus, it received mixed reviews from critics -- and one month later, a similar comedy (in that it starred several recog...
WINNER: Patty JenkinsJenkins directed the second biggest movie of the year -- "Wonder Woman" -- and has been an outspoken critic about female representation in Hollywood. Plus, she is in the process of negotiating a record-breaking deal to helm its seq...
LOSER: "The Mummy"Tom Cruise's reboot of the Brendan Fraser films cost a reported $125 million to produce but has only grossed $80 million domestically. Thankfully, it played well overseas, but it still received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 16 percent.
WINNER: Christopher NolanChristopher Nolan resurfaced this summer with "Dunkirk," which has become a strong Oscar contender and was very well-reviewed by critics. It currently has a 93 percent "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes.
LOSER: "The House"You'd think a movie starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell would be a hit, but no. For Ferrell, it’s the worst opening weekend for any of his movies with a screen count of over 3,000 locations, even lower than the $15 million made in 2...
WINNER: "Dunkirk"As previously mentioned, "Dunkirk" received stellar reviews and raked in a solid amount of money both domestically and overseas. It was lauded as a "masterpiece."
LOSER: Any Parent Sent to Watch "Emoji Movie""The Emoji Movie" became summer's worst reviewed movie, even below "Transformers" and "The Nut Job 2." We just feel bad for the parents that were forced to take their kids to the theater to see it. And there...
WINNER: Ansel Elgort"Baby Driver" pretty much defied all expectations and had solid reviews but also made a decent amount of money. Many praised Ansel Elgort in his career-turning performance, and people loved the soundtrack of the movie itself.
LOSER: Sequels"Transformers: The Last Knight," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" and "Alien: Covenant" all underperformed at the domestic box office. Audiences at home seem to be sick and tired of sequels, although those particular 3 r...
WINNER: DisneyDisney's summer roster included "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" and "Cars 3," all big blockbusters that raked in the big bucks -- although "Pirates" came in big overseas.
LOSER: ParamountParamount received a blow this summer: "Baywatch" and "Transformers: The Last Knight" bombed domestically. Of course, international box office came to the rescue, but both movies were widely panned by critics.
WINNER: "Annabelle: Creation"The horror genre is one of the most sustainable genres in the industry as it keeps proving that low risk-high reward pays off. "Creation" over-performed when it opened and also received pretty decent reviews.
LOSER: "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"Luc Besson's latest sci-fi fantasy didn't do well domestically or internationally. It has only grossed around $172 million worldwide to date although it was produced for around $177.2 million. Poor ca...
WINNER: Zac Efron's Abs for "Baywatch"Baywatch" was filled with hot bots, but all eyes seemed to wander towards Zac Efron's abs. The actor underwent a heavy workout regime and diet to look like that -- and we appreciate it.
LOSER: "Transformers"As previously mentioned, "The Last Knight" failed to launch at the box office. Not only did it rake in significantly less than its predecessors, but it was also widely panned by critics. However, Paramount doesn't seem to care abou...
WINNER: Warner Bros.Even though "The House" bombed, Warner Bros. has had huge successes this summer, of course including "Wonder Woman" and "Dunkirk."
LOSER: "The Dark Tower"The movie adaptation of one of Stephen King's most famous works unfortunately failed to resonate with audiences. It somewhat underperformed and critics didn't love the film starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba.
WINNER: Tiffany HaddishNewcomer Tiffany Haddish received a lot of praise for what critics called a "breakout" performance in "Girls Trip."
LOSER: Memorial Day WeekendThis year's Memorial Day Weekend was the worst since the turn of the century in terms of box office. According to numbers from comScore and Box Office Mojo, the 2017 Memorial Day weekend totals only amounted to $180.6 million...
WINNER: "Girls Trip""Girls Trip" succeeded where other adult comedies failed. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the film has posted the biggest opening in the genre so far this year with a final tally of $31.2 million.
LOSER: "Emoji Movie"Yes, "The Emoji Movie" scored $25 million its opening weekend, but it was widely panned by critics and became the worst reviewed movie of the summer.
WINNER: IlluminationIllumination killed it this summer with "Despicable Me 3," which propelled the franchise into becoming the highest grossing animation franchise ever.
LOSER: Sony PicturesThe studio got hit with a double whammy this summer: "Emoji Movie" and "Dark Tower" flopped, and the studio lost its $200 million slate financing deal with Texas private equity firm Lone Star. Sony's weak run at the box office was t...
WINNER: "Spider-Man: Homecoming"Jon Watts' take on the webbed superhero received a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, has grossed over $737 million worldwide and has already spawned sequel. We'd say it's definitely a winner.
LOSER: AugustLet's be honest -- August has been kind of a dud. In the past two weeks, no big releases were unveiled, and although mid-August through early September is known to be sleepy, this year has been exceptionally slow. According to The Guardian...
WINNER: DC ExecsAfter the gloominess of “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” a team of DC executives and creatives looked for a new guiding philosophy. Three executives — Kevin Tsujihara, chairman of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Greg Silverman, the ...
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