British actor Riz Ahmed (Rogue One, Nightcrawler) is in early talks to join Sony’s Venom film, being helmed by Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad, Zombieland) from a script by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Zoo). Tom Hardy (Dunkirk, Mad Max: Fury Road) is headlining as Eddie Brock/Venom. There are conflicting reports as to what role Ahmed is in negotiations for, but speculation has him up for Cletus Kasady, a notorious serial killer who bonded with the Carnage symbiote that spawned from Venom. The resultant supervillain has menaced the Marvel Universe ever since, and fans
Variety initially reported that Ahmed would be portraying “a popular Marvel character”, but offered no confirmation on who it is exactly. It didn’t take long before rumors started popping up that the role is Carnage, which THR confirms the studio is looking to cast. However, their sources state that while Ahmed was previously considered for the role, script changes have resulted in him being reportedly cast in this new mystery role. This all comes courtesy of staff writer Borys Kit, who broke the news via a tweet from yesterday. Another report from The Tracking Board seems to be backing this up, stating that Ahmed actually auditioned for Carnage and that sources aren’t sure if he’ll ultimately end up playing the character or not.
Variety reporter Justin Kroll also tweeted that Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) were up for the role before Ahmed entered negotiations for it. All of them have that intensity and subdued menace that could lend well to portraying a psychopath like Kasady. With principal photography gearing up to start soon, If expect clarification on these reports sooner rather than later.
Venom is scheduled to hit theaters October 5, 2018.