Riz Ahmed is looking to join another universe.
The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star is in talks to join Sony’s Venom, the studio’s first spinoff in a shared universe based on Spider-Man characters. Ahmed’s character is being kept under wraps, but insiders say he would not be playing the villain Carnage, which Sony has been looking to cast. Sources say 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.
Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is directing Venom, which Sony hopes will be the the first in a series of films based on Spider-Man characters. It is also developing the Silver Sable/Black Cat movie Silver & Black from director Gina Prince-Bythewood.
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 $675 million worldwide since opening last month.
Ahmed, who performs music under the name Riz MC, recently starred in the acclaimed HBO drama The Night Of, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
Venom is set to open Oct. 5, 2018.