According to the latest report, Woody Harrelson will play Carnage in Venom. Sony's own venture in building a new cinematic universe starts later this year with the Ruben Fleischer-directed flick. Featuring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock aka. Venom, the project also stars Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Riz Ahmed as Dr. Carlton Drake, Scott Haze as Roland Treece, and Jenny Slate as Dora Skirth. Story details are still scant at the moment, in fact, it's still uncertain if the film will connect to the MCU considering rumors of Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man having a cameo in the movie. Nonetheless, filming on Venom already wrapped.
Harrelson joined Venom quite late in its production, and Sony still has not confirmed which character he's playing in the movie. Before his casting, word was that Ahmed was playing Carnage, but with news suggesting that he'll take on a different role, all eyes quickly shifted on the Cheers alum as the best candidate to bring Cletus Kasady to life. A sadistic killer in the pages of the comics, the villain is usually pitted against Spider-Man and Venom after his reformation to become the lethal protector.
A new report from Bleeding Cool sourcing an anonymous tipster reveals that Harrelson will indeed play Carnage in Venom. No other information was given aside from the aforementioned detail, but this corroborates persistent speculations that the Solo: A Star Wars Story actor will take on the role of the serial killer psychopath.
Rumors of Harrelson playing Carnage in the Hardy-starrer have been going on for months now. In early February, a report circulated online revealing the casting and how Carnage fits into the story of Venom. As it turns out, while Kasady will be introduced in the forthcoming Sony superhero production, he won't be one of the main players in the narrative. Instead, his appearance is more of a set-up for the sequel, in which he would be the primary antagonist. Chances are that we won't even see him as Carnage. If anything, we will only get a tease of his villainous nature.
What's tricky here is if Venom isn't well-received enough to merit a follow-up, Harrelson's set-up for the sequel will go to waste and that would be a shame considering the actor's talent. The first Venom teaser trailer was divisive and barely revealed anything that could get fans hyped up for what could be the dark horse comic book movie of 2018. That said, it's not wise to bet against Hardy. The actor has done a great job meticulously choosing his projects in the last several years, and everything he's appeared in so far has been at least good. If he chose to come back to the superhero genre via the Sony production, perhaps the upcoming R-rated flick has something special to offer.
Source: Bleeding Cool
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018
- Silver and Black release date: Feb 08, 2019