Tom Hardy Cast As Venom, Ruben Fleischer To Direct

Actor Tom Hardy has been cast as Eddie Brock in Sony's upcoming Venom film.  Hardy previously played Batman villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and is apparently a huge Venom fan as seen by the photo released with him wearing the shirt.  Venom will be directed by Ruben Fleischer and is scheduled for an October 5, 2018 release.  The film is part of Sony's Marvel slate of characters and will not take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe similar to the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming which allows Tom Holland's version of Spider-Man to appear in the MCU.