Riz Ahmed in talks to join Tom Hardy in Sony's 'VENOM'

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Sources confirm Ahmed is in line to play a "popular Marvel comics character"....but which one?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and HBO's The Night Of star, Riz Ahmed is in talks to join Tom Hardy in Sony’s stand-alone “Venom” movie. Though it's not confirmed as to which popular Marvel comics character Ahmed might play, sources from The Tracking Board report the Rogue One star auditioned for the role of crazed serial killer Cletus Kasady aka "Carnage," one of Spider-Man's most lethal adversaries. While it's only rumored Ahmed auditioned for that role, Tracking Board sources say Sony is torn as to whether he’ll ultimately play that character or a different one based on script revisions.

Sources from Variety confirm Ahmed is being considered for an undisclosed major role along with Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Pedro Pascal (Narcos) and Mathias Schoenarts (The Danish Girl). And to further complicate seemingly welcomed rumors, THR sources reveal Ahmed will not be cast as "Carnage" but is still in line to join the cast. Either way, we'll be happy to see Riz Ahmed in Sony's "Venom".

Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is directing from a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the movie with Amy Pascal. Sony executives Palak Patel and Eric Fineman will oversee the project for the studio.

“Venom” is set to hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.

Riz Ahmed - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Riz Ahmed - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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