According to Variety, Woody Harrelson has been cast in director Ruben Fleischer's Venom movie. He joins the previously cast Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate. There are no concrete details on who exactly Harrelson is playing, but according to the report, he "will play a henchman of sorts."
The film, which was written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) is currently in production. Hardy previously talked about the film saying that he will do the character justice and that there is going to be a lot of action and dark humor. He also confirmed that the movie would be inspired by the Venom: Lethal Protector miniseries.
Venom: Lethal Protector was a 1993 six-issue miniseries written by David Michelinie. The story followed Venom moving to San Francisco after he and Spider-Man made a truce.
Once in San Francisco, Venom is hunted down by the Life Foundation, who wants to study the Venom symbiote so they can use it for their own evil purposes. From it they will create five new symbiote spawn including Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.
This is a great direction to take the story and it allows Sony to make a solid Venom movie without having to include Spider-Man. As for Harrelson joining the cast, I think it's awesome! I love Harrelson and it will be interesting to see who he ends up playing. Do you have any ideas of who that might be?
Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.