Michelle Williams In Talks to Star Opposite Tom Hardy in ‘Venom’
Michelle Williams is headed to the Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, which is weird sentence to type. That’s right, the four-time Oscar nominee is pulling an Amy Adams and a Natalie Portman, dipping her toes into the superhero world.
Variety has the news that Williams is in talks to join Sony’s Spidey spinoff Venom as the female lead opposite Tom Hardy. It’s not entirely known who she’ll play, but the site reports that the Manchester By the Sea actress may step into the role of a district attorney and perhaps Hardy’s love interest. If she is romantically involved with Hardy’s titular antihero, let’s hope her character is a but more complex than that; Williams is simply too good and too talented to merely play a love interest.
The film stars Hardy as the antihero Eddie Brock, a reporter who bonds with an alien symbiote. Riz Ahmed recently joined the film in a mysterious role as a “popular Marvel character.” Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is helming the project with a script by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower). Set to start production next month, Venom is just the beginning of Sony’s larger Spidey Cinematic Universe, which will include Gina Prince-Blythewood‘s Silver and Black and more unknown projects to come.
Venom is just one of the many interesting projects Williams will have on the way. There’s Todd Haynes’ upcoming Wonderstruck, her Janis Joplin biopic to look forward to, Ridley Scott’s Getty kidnapping film All the Money in the World, that Leos Carax musical opposite Adam Driver, and whatever in the heck that bizarre Hugh Jackman P.T. Barnum musical is. Safe to say, the next several years may be some of the most interesting and diverse performances we’ve seen from Williams yet.
Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018.