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Sony announces Tom Hardy to play 'Venom' via Twitter. — Picture courtesy of Twitter/ SonyPicturesSony announces Tom Hardy to play 'Venom' via Twitter. — Picture courtesy of Twitter/ SonyPicturesLOS ANGELES, May 20 — Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy has signed on to play Marvel character Venom, in a new Sony Spider-Man offshoot movie based on the signature villain.

The film — slated to open October 5, 2018 — also has Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing Zombieland, in final negotiations to helm the movie project (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Hardy, who starred as Batman villain Bane in 2012's Dark Knight Rises and was nominated for an Oscar for his recent work in The Revenant, is reportedly a huge fan of Venom, with Sony posting an image of Hardy proudly sporting a Venom T-shirt via its Twitter account today to announce the news.

The Venom film will be one of the first in a series of Marvel and Spider-Man-based universe movies that Sony has in store, with the studio also developing a Silver Sable/Black Cat project among others to be based around characters from the Spider-Man stable. — AFP-Relaxnews

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