'Rouge One' star Riz Ahmed in talks to join Spider-man spin off 'Venom'

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Los Angeles [U.S.A] Aug 10 (ANI): 'Rogue One: A Star Wars' star Riz Ahmed is in negotiations with Sony to play a popular Marvel Comics character in Sony's Spider-Man spin-off 'The Venom.' According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ahmed's character is kept under wraps but it is speculated that he would not be playing the villain Carnage which Sony Pictures has been looking to cast. Sources said the actor was considered for the role before script changes were made. Tom Hardy is starring in Venom as the title character, who in the comic books, is a photographer named Eddie Brock who, when bonded with an alien symbiote, becomes Venom. He's been both, a nemesis of Spider-Man, as well as an antihero and protector of the innocent. 'Venom' will be directed by 'Zombieland' director Ruben Fleischer which Sony hopes will be the first in a series of films based on 'Spider-Man' characters. The studio is riding high when it comes to Spidey following 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sony's collaboration with Marvel Studios, which received a strong response and has grossed more than USD 675 million worldwide since opening last month. 'Venom' is set to open on October 5, 2018. (ANI)