It looks like four-time Oscar nominated actress Michelle Williams will star in Sony’s upcoming Venom film.
Williams has reportedly entered talks with the studio to star opposite Tom Hardy in the picture, which is to be directed by Zombieland and Gangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer and written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower).
According to Variety‘s sources, Williams has been cast as a district attorney and possible love interest for Hardy’s character, Eddie Brock. Sony has yet to make an official announcement.
In the comics, the character of Venom is inherently associated with Spider-Man. Photographer Brock merges with a sentient alien, which was previously attached to Spider-Man, and obtains similar powers to the webslinger. Venom was initially conceived as a supervillain, but over the years has evolved into more of an antihero. Topher Grace played the character in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.
Sony has stated that Venom will be a standalone picture and will not be connected to the studio’s unfolding Spider-Man universe.
Venom, which also has Riz Ahmed circling, is scheduled to hit US cinemas on October 5, 2018.
Williams has a number of projects in the pipeline. The actress will soon be seen in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, in the Hugh Jackman-starring musical The Greatest Showman, alongside Chris Pine in the thriller All the Old Knives, and playing Janis Joplin in the biopic Janis, among others.