Tom Hardy to star in the upcoming Venom feature film.

According to reports, Sony has picked Tom Hardy to star in the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off, Venom.

Tom Hardy, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in The Revenant, is in negotiations to star in the movie, while Ruben Fleisher, who is best known for directing Zombieland, is set to direct the production.

The movie is reportedly listed as one of Sony’s top priorities and the studio is not wasting any time and plans to open the movie on October 5, 2018.

Venom is to launch a new series of movies from Sony’s Marvel and Spider-Man based universe of characters. In addition, Sony is rebooting its Marvel productions with the upcoming Atlanta filmed Spider-Man: Homecoming and Venom is the first movie in their lineup. The studio is also producing a Silver Sable/Black Cat project among other characters from the Spider-Man series.

Venom has been listed of Marvel’s top villains and a Spider-Man leading character for over 20 years. Created by David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck.

What is Venom? Based on the comic books, he’s an alien parasite that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien parasite gives its victim incredible super powers. He made his first appearance in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 and was portrayed by Topher Grace.

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