We’ve been hearing casting news for the upcoming Venom solo film from Sony for the last few weeks, with names like Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott and Scott Haze having signed on to the film. Now, production is beginning to ramp up on the launch to Sony’s Spider-Man-less cinematic universe, with Tom Hardy in the lead role of Eddie Brock AKA Venom.
The film will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, and the first image from the set was released on Twitter to celebrate the beginning of production.
— Venom Movie (@VenomMovie) October 24, 2017
The image features Hardy and not much else but is a good starting point for the film and something we hope to see more of as production continues. We’ve also learned that Hardy will actually be wearing a Mo-Cap suit in order to bring Venom to the big screen, which should make fans of the character happy. After all, Venom is much more than a cool looking costume, so we hope the CG allows the alien symbiote to really feel like a character of its own.
The announcement of the use of Mo-Cap actually comes from the Mo-Cap king himself, Andy Serkis. Serkis runs the performance capture studio The Imaginarium, and during a recent interview about the movie Breathe – Serkis’ directorial debut – he was discussing the uptick of mo-cap performances and how they benefit from having big actors behind the suits. It was during this discussion he seemingly confirmed that Hardy would be using the technology for his Venom performance:
“Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn… and Karin Konoval who plays Maurice in ‘War For The Planet of the Apes’ – the more A-list actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing The BFG, or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films… Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture. It all points up ‘what is the nature of acting?’ and there is no difference between acting wearing a costume and makeup, or wearing a motion capture suit. That’s plain and simple, it just needs awarding bodies to understand that.”
Serkis is just one of the actors behind the push for better recognition for performance capture in various film accolades, which usually relegates the art of mo-cap to the visual effects awards instead of the acting categories. As the technology continues to approve and more and more actors like Tom Hardy get behind the process it makes sense we’ll see more recognition for all of their hard work.
Keep it locked to GEEK for more news on Venom as the film continues to ramp up production.
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