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Tom Hardy could have some new company in the upcoming Venom movie, as it's being reported that Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, Shutter Island) is "in talks" to star in the film about one of Spider-Man's most popular villains (or antihero, depending on how you view the character).

Word of Williams' potential casting comes from Variety, who report that Sony currently has not confirmed the news.

If Williams does sign on to co-star in the film, she would join Hardy, who will play Eddie Brock, a man who becomes linked with an alien Symbiote that turns him into Venom, one of the ultimate villains in the Spider-Man universe. Although Venom and the Symbiote have a big influence on Spider-Man in the Marvel comic books, this film would take place outside of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, which includes the most recent appearance by the web-slinger in this year's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

In Venom, Williams would play "a district attorney and possibly Hardy’s love interest." Back in August, Variety reported that Riz Ahmed was also in early discussions to play a key role in the new Venom movie, but further details on his character and involvement have yet to be revealed.

Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) will direct Venom from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal on board as producers. The new film is slated to come out on October 5th, 2018.

Venom / Eddie Brock was previously portrayed by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, and the character first appeared on the paneled page in 1988's The Amazing Spider-Man #300. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for updates on Venom, and let us know what you think of Williams' potential involvement in the comments below!

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