Nigerian-born Sope Aluko has joined the cast of Sony’s ‘Venom’ in an undisclosed role.
Aluko can currently be seen on the big screen in a minor role as a Shaman in ‘Black Panther’. Her unnamed character is a student of Forest Whitaker‘s Zuri. She will be seen in the upcoming biopic ‘The Best of Enemies’ about civil rights activist Ann Atwater and her battle against Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis. The film stars Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, as well as Wes Bentley and Anne Heche. Last year, she appeared on the TV series ‘The Inspectors’, ‘Shots Fired’ and ‘Bloodlines’. She also appeared in the movie ‘All Summers End’ (a.k.a. ‘Grass Stains’) with Tye Sheridan. Previously, she appeared in the films ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ and ‘American Ultra’ and TV shows such as ‘Burn Notice’, ‘Graceland’, ‘How to Get Away With Murder’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’, The Mindy Project’, ‘Parks and Recreation’, ”Ravenswood’, and ‘Zoo’.
‘Venom’ directed by Ruben Fleischer, is based on the Marvel Comics villain/antihero. The film does not connect to Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe and may or may not connect to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. Rumors have flown back and forth as to whether Tom Holland will appear in ‘Venom’, either as Peter Parker or Spider-Man. The film stars Tom Hardy as the titular character, also known as Eddie Brock. The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, Scott Haze, Michelle Lee, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, and Michelle Williams, who plays Brock’s love interest Anne Weying.
While Sony’s Amy Pascal seems determined to create some sort of connection to both ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has been pretty adamant that this is not going to happen.
At any rate, ‘Venom’ opens on October 5, 2018.