Michelle Williams in Talks for Female Lead Opposite Tom Hardy in Sony’s “Venom”


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Four-time Oscar nominee is in talks for the female lead in Sony’s opposite Tom Hardy, multiple sources tell the Tracking Board.

Ruben Fleischer is directing Venom, which will also feature newly-crowned Emmy winner Riz Ahmed as a popular Marvel character.

Hardy will play Eddie Brock, and he bears a striking resemblance to the original comic’s depiction of the character. He also happens to be a huge fan of the sharp-toothed symbiote known as Venom.

Williams is expected to play a district attorney who serves as a potential love interest for Eddie Brock. Between Williams, Hardy and Ahmed, the Venom cast is shaping up above and beyond expectations.

Venom is not being developed as a Spider-Man spinoff, but rather a standalone feature from Sony’s Marvel Universe — a library that includes 900 Marvel characters.

Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) wrote the script for Venom, which Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal. Sony’s Palak Patel will oversee the project for the studio. Production will start this fall, and Sony will release Venom on Oct. 5. 2018.

Williams was last seen in the Best Picture nominee Manchester by the Sea, and she next stars in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, which hits theaters next month. That film will kick off a busy fall for Williams, who stars in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World and the Hugh Jackman musical The Greatest Showman, both of which could thrust her back into the Oscar race, which Williams is no stranger to.

It’s been remarkable to see Williams’ career blossom since her Dawson’s Creek days, as she’s racked up four Oscar nominations for her work in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week With Marilyn and Manchester by the Sea. She always picks projects with artistic integrity — even her one blockbuster, Oz the Great and Powerful, was directed by Sam Raimi — and she’s right up there with Amy Adams and Natalie Portman among the best actresses of her generation.

Williams, who has been busy filming I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer, is represented by , and Bloom Hergott.

Sony had no comment.

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  1. Jeff, you forgot to add Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, & Jessica Chastain for being some of the best actresses of their generation. Plus, Hathaway is a critically- acclaimed stage actress that has portrayed different characters on stage . Stage acting proves your skill set as a thespian.

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