After setting an October 5th, 2018 release date for a new Venom movie back in March, Sony is picking up a lot of momentum on the movie about the Spider-Man villain, as they've now announced that Tom Hardy is set to play the lead role, with Ruben Fleischer lined up as the director.

Multiple outlets, including THR, reveal the big news regarding Venom, which is expected to be the first film in an interconnected cinematic universe featuring other Marvel characters from the Spider-Man comic books.

In the new movie, Hardy 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.

Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) will direct from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal on board as producers. Production on the film is slated to kick off this fall.

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 the latest version of the popular Spider-Man villain.

Sony announced the news by tweeting a photo of Hardy wearing a Venom T-shirt: