Rogue One Star Riz Ahmed Eyes Venom

08/10/2017

Riz Ahmed is in early talks to join the movie.

 

Variety reported Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, HBO’s The Night Of) is in “early talks” to play a “popular Marvel Comics character,” but the Hollywood Reporter claims the script has changed and Carnage is no longer the role Ahmed is being considered for (although Carnage may still be in it). A different villain has reportedly been added, but The Tracking Board says, “One individual with knowledge of the project insists that Ahmed has been cast as Carnage, but said it’s going to be treated as a reveal in the film, though a studio insider cast doubt on that information.”

Ahmed is coming off a banner year, both on the television and film front. He starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed “The Night Of,” which earned him a SAG and Emmy nomination, and followed that up with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” He also appeared in “Jason Bourne” opposite Matt Damon.

Ahmed’s other credits include the Toronto Film Festival movie “The City of Tiny Lights” and a recurring role on Netflix’s “The OA,” as well as a guest starring role on HBO’s final season of “Girls” that earned him rave reviews. He just wrapped production on “The Sisters Brothers” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, and John C. Reilly.

Story details about the spin-off have also been under wraps, but Sony has said that it will be separate from the Spider-Man universe, which includes the recent Sony/Marvel Studios collaboration Spider-Man: Homecoming. Ruben Fleischer is on to direct the new movie, with Hardy as Eddie Brock, who is merged with the outer space symbiont and gains his own set of powers and a distinctly less friendly attitude than Spidey. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have been figuring out the script for the movie, which currently lays claim to a 5 October, 2018 release date, and an apparent stand-off with Warners' DCEU entry Aquaman.

Sony is riding high when it comes to Spidey following Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony's collaboration with Marvel Studios, which received a strong response and has grossed more than $675 million worldwide since opening last month.