The upcoming Spider-Man spin-off which is scheduled for 2018 release has officially found its male lead and director.
"Venom (2018)" has found its lead actor and director. Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises", "Mad Max: Fury Road") is announced to lead the Spider-Man spin-off. Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland", "Gangster Squad") is attached to direct the antihero pic.
"Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony's Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 - production starts this fall," Sony Pictures broke the casting news on Twitter. The movie will follow the Spidey relaunch "Spider-Man: Homecoming" which is due July 7.
Eddie Brock was previously played by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's 2007 pic "Spider-Man 3" which starred Tobey Maguire. He's a freelance photographer who held a grudge on Peter Parker after he's exposed of using a fake Spider-Man photo. He came into contact with the alien Symbiote and teamed up with Sandman in an attempt to kill Spidey.