Andy Serkis on Board as Director for ‘Venom 2’ at Sony

Actor turned filmmaker Andy Serkis will take over directing duties for ‘Venom 2’ with Tom Hardy slated to return in the lead role…

‘Venom 2’ has found its director.

Andy Serkis — who is best known for his work in motion capture roles such as the work he did as Gollum in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy as well as the recent ‘Planet of the Apes’ films — will take over directing duties for the Spider-Man spinoff starring Tom Hardy in the lead role.

Serkis most recently directed ‘Mogwli: Legend of the Jungle’ in 2018 after honing his craft under the watchful eye of Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson on ‘The Hobbit’ movies. Serkis has also starred in a pair of Marvel movies playing Ulysses Klaw, first in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and then reappearing in ‘Black Panther’.

Now Serkis will take over ‘Venom 2’ after the original film grossed more than $850 million at the box office. Ruben Fleischer directed the first ‘Venom’ film that made a killing at the box office but wasn’t exactly beloved by critics.

Still the property was a huge success for Sony so it’s no surprise that ‘Venom 2’ was green lighted very shortly after the first film was released.

Now Serkis will handle directing duties on ‘Venom 2’ with Kelly Marcel writing the script for the movie.

The main stars from the original cast are expected to return including Hardy in the lead role as well as Michelle Williams. A cameo shot at the tale end of the first ‘Venom’ movie introduced Woody Harrelson as serial killer Cletus Cassidy, who is a villain named Carnage in the Spider-Man comics but there’s no word yet if he will return for the upcoming sequel.

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