In addition to an all-star cast that includes Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate, Ruben Fleischer’s Venom may be bringing Woody Harrelson on board, in a currently unspecified role. There’s a lot of pressure on Fleischer, who made a name for himself directing action comedies like Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, especially after Topher Grace’s maligned performance in Sam Raimi’s 2007 Spider-Man sequel. Since his 1988 debut, Venom has been one of Spider-Man’s most popular nemeses, and the upcoming adaptation is one that’s decades in the making.
As for Harrelson, his role is currently unspecified, but there are rumors that he’ll be playing a henchman role of some kind, possibly similar to Logan Marshall-Green and Bokeem Woodbine’s Shockers in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I doubt the studio would cast a big name like Harrelson and not give him a significant role, but he definitely won’t be a primary villain like he was in this year’s War of the Planet of the Apes. You can see Harrelson right now in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and LBJ, but the actor has been having a very prolific couple of years, giving fantastic performances in everything from HBO’s True Detective to indie comedy The Edge of Seventeen and The Hunger Games movies.
Fans of Fleischer’s work will remember that the two worked together on Zombieland, which was the director’s debut feature. Although his follow-up films – 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad – weren’t as well-received critically, Fleischer has found acclaim directing episodes of Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet and NBC’s Superstore, making Venom his first feature film in five years.
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