Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Venom is looking to add another big name to its growing cast. Variety reports that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Riz Ahmed is currently in early talks to join the project.
At the time of writing, few details surrounding Ahmed’s possible role are known. According to the report, he will play a “popular Marvel character.” Sony declined to comment when reached by Variety. Although prior reports claim Carnage will be a part of the film, Variety reporter Justin Kroll was quick to denounce that as Ahmed’s potential role.
Character is not Carnage according sources close to project, does not mean Carnage is not in project
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) August 10, 2017
Ahmed is coming off of Star Wars: Rogue One as well as HBO’s The Night Of.
Should talks take, Ahmed would join Tom Hardy, who is set to play the titular character in the film. As previously reported, the upcoming Venom film will not crossover with the main Spider-Man franchise, as those films now exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, the Ruben Fleischer helmed Venom is expected to begin filming this September before swinging into theaters Oct. 5, 2018.
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