If you were to look at some of the biggest superhero movies from Marvel and DC, then you might think that having former WWE Champions was all the rage. Earlier this year, Dave Bautista surprised everyone by playing Drax the Destroyer in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (a legitimate action star in his own right these days) has been tapped to play Black Adam in ‘Shazam’. Even as far back as the first ‘Spider-Man’ under the direction of Sam Raimi, “Macho Man” Randy Savage took on the web-slinger in the squared circle as Bonesaw. Now, another ring warrior is throwing his name into the mix to hopefully play one of the most iconic Spidey villans of all time.
In a recent interview with Irish Central, WWE Superstar Sheamus revealed that he has some ambitious plans for his acting career. Previously, rumors emerged about his potential involvement in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ as it was filming in his native Ireland while he was there, but so far there hasn’t been much proof to that rumor. Although, he has made appearances in small Irish productions and the USA series ‘Royal Pains.’ The Celtic Warrior hopes to work alongside stars like Michael Fassbender, Robert Downey Jr., and Hugh Jackman one day, potentially as part of their respective superhero franchises. However, if he had the choice of which comic book character he’d get to play, the former WWE United States Champion went with Spider-Man nemesis, Venom:
“I always read comic books as a kid, I always remember Eddie Brock, who was Venom in the Spider-Man comics. He was kind of a red head. I’d love to play the role of Venom and Eddie Brock. Venom was one of my favorite characters. It would be a dream come true for me to star in the next ‘Spider-Man’ film as Venom.”
Currently, ‘Venom’ is in pre-production under the direction of writer/director/producer Alex Kurtzman, but the majority of the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ franchise expansion at Sony is focused on Drew Goddard’s ‘The Sinister Six,’ which hits theaters in 2016, so not much is known about the direction of Eddie Brock’s spinoff. We don’t even know if the studio will go with Brock’s version of the character. But since he’s recently been put on the shelf by Mark Henry, which kept him from competing as part of Team Cena at this year’s Survivor Series, Sheamus has plenty of time to dream about taking up the mantle of Venom one day.
Could you see Sheamus throwing Brogue Kicks as Eddie Brock in ‘Venom’? Or do you feel like he’d be better suited to play another comic book hero or villain? Share your thoughts in the comments below, fella.