Earlier this year, we shared the news that Sony had decided to move ahead with a solo franchise for the fan-favourite Spider-Man villain, Venom. This was accompanied by the baffling news that the film would be R-Rated, and set in its own cinematic universe.

Tom Holland is currently playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which lead to the assumption that the character could be recast for Venom. Naturally, this news was met with a definitively mixed response from fans across the globe.

However, Sony have just taken a huge step in the right direction with their new franchise. As it has now been revealed that the film will be directed by Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer, and will star none other than Dunkirk‘s Tom Hardy! Check out the announcement photo from Sony confirming the news below:

Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises) will play the original Symbiote host, Eddie Brock, in a script from Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. The character previously appeared in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, played by a severely miscast Topher Grace. Little is known about the plot of the film, other than the fact that production will get underway later this year, for an October 5th 2018 release date.

If Sony are able to replicate the success of 20th Century Fox’ recent R-rated Marvel outings, then this could be the beginning of something great. Regardless of the webslinger’s involvement in the franchise, we couldn’t be happier with how things are shaping up so far.

THN will bring you all the latest updates on Venom as we get them.

Source: THR, Twitter