According to the Variety, Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of Venom. Their sources apparently state that Harrelson will be playing “a henchman of sorts.” Sony has not officially confirmed this information.
For those that may not know, Harrelson just finished with his role in Solo: A Star Wars Story and is known for his work on The Edge of Seventeen and War for the Planet of the Apes. The actor has been in his fair share of critically acclaimed movies, including The People vs. Larry Flynt (a 1996 movie about the Hustler magazine) and has been nominated for two Oscars.
Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer, who also worked on Zombieland (which is probably why he likes Harrelson so much). Thus far, other stars involved are Tom Hardy as Venom, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate in currently unknown roles.
Writing the script for Venom will be Scott Rosenberd and Jeff Pinkner, who have worked on Jumanji and The Dark Tower recently. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will be producing Venom.
Venom is certainly one of the more popular villains in the Spider-Man franchise, especially his iteration as Eddie Brock. However there is a lot that go wrong with this movie, especially since a sudden solo narrative is not at all how Venom was introduced into the comics. He was a villain for Spider-Man and then often returned later to almost haunt Spider-Man and then leave as suddenly as he appeared. It made him a far more threatening villain by the time his solo comics came around.
Despite taking the wrong approach, Venom could still be a good film. Though how they will manage it without Spider-Man ever appearing on the scene, no one can say. Perhaps it will play out like an Alien movie and in the end, Venom will be “free” on Earth and hunting down Spider-Man.
Venom is slatted to arrive October 5, 2018.