Sony has reportedly roped in Black Panther actress Sope Aluko for its standalone Spider-Man spinoff film Venom. In the Ryan Coogler-directed blockbuster, Aluko portrayed the character of a Wakandan spiritual leader, Shaman, who learns under Zuri (Forest Whitaker).
The details about Aluko’s role in Venom still remain undisclosed. It is not yet confirmed if her character in the upcoming movie will relate to Black Panther or the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will most likely be a minor supporting part. The Nigerian-born actress Aluko’s addition to Venom was first reported by Deadline. She also has appeared in films including Bloodline, Pitch Perfect 2, and Identity Thief.
Directed by Zombieland fame director, Ruben Fleischer, from a script by Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey), Venomalso stars actors Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson and Riz Ahmed in the lead roles. The upcoming film is produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, with Executive Producers David Householter and Stan Lee.
Talking about the film’s storyline, director Ruben Fleisher has already announced that Venom ’s story would be based on Marvel Comics fare in 1993’s Venom: Lethal Protector limited series and 1995’s The Planet of the Symbiotes storyline from the pages of Spider-Man titles. Notably, the film is not in any manner connected to the universe seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Sony also has another Spider-Man spinoff film in works which is Silver & Black. The movie is scheduled to arrive on February 8, 2019.
Venom will star Tom Hardy in the role of Eddie Brock who is a reporter-turned-Spider-Man nemesis. It’s believed that Tom Holland as the fan favorite Peter Parker may show up for a small cameo in the movie. It will be interesting to see how Peter becomes involved. Venom is slated to land in theatres on October 5, 2018. You can check out the film’s trailer below.