Sony’s ‘Venom’ has webbed another actor. Scott Haze has been cast in a mystery role, opposite Tom Hardy who is portraying the titular villain/antihero. Though casting news continues to trickle in, as is the case with most comic book movies, the roles are being kept under wraps. However, in addition to Hardy, the film has so far enlisted Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed. Ruben Fleischer (‘Zombieland’) will direct.
Haze can currently be seen in two films at the local multiplex. His latest, real-life firefighter drama ‘Only The Brave’ just opened this weekend. In it, Haze shares the screen with Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly and Andie MacDowell. Haze also appears with Teller in Iraqi war drama ‘Thank You For Your Service’. That film also stars Amy Schumer and Haley Bennett. Teller isn’t the only big name that Haze has appeared with more than once. He has starred in six movies directed by James Franco, ‘As I Lay Dying’, ‘Bukowski’, ‘Child of God’, ‘In Dubious Battle’, ‘The Institute’ and ‘The Sound and the Fury’, several of which also starred Franco. He also co-starred with Franco in ‘The Vault’, directed by Dan Bush.
Sony is staying mum on whom Haze might play in ‘Venom’, as they have with his costars except for Hardy. (Williams is believed to be playing the wife of Hardy’s Eddie Brock, Anne Weying, but Sony has yet to confirm this.) It is widely rumored that the film will feature Carnage in the villain role, so naturally, the assumption is that Haze may play that super serial killer, also known as Cletus Cassidy. But then again, that was the assumption when Ahmed’s casting was announced, so who knows? Working in Haze’s favor, he also played a psychopath in ‘Children of God’, which may have helped him land the role of Carnage… if that is indeed who he is playing.
Another strong rumor and one that is pretty easy to believe is that the film will be in some way based on the comic book series ‘Venom: Lethal Protector’ in which the former crazed criminal was recast as an anti-hero due to his popularity.
While production on ‘Venom’ is a ways off, it is due to hit theaters on October 8, 2018– less than a year away. The script was penned by Kelly Marcel, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg.
Who do you think Haze might be playing? Would he make a good Carnage?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter