CinemaCon kicked off Monday with presentations from Sony Pictures.
One of the highlights of the presentation was the reveal of the official trailer for the upcoming film, “Venom.”
Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, a reporter in the middle of an investigation that comes into contact with strange Symbiotes that attach themselves to him, resulting in unexpected effects. Michelle Williams stars as Anne Weying. And Riz Ahmed is Dr. Carlton Drake, the subject of Eddie’s latest investigation. Reid Scott and Jenny Slate also appear.
Even though the official trailer has now been unleashed on the world, Sony is still holding back major plot details. For one, this iteration of Venom is an anti-hero who sets out to right wrongs and fight the bad guys in his hometown of San Francisco. Venom, though, was originally introduced as a foil and villain, when Eddie Brock became obsessed with Spider-Man. Eventually, Venom spun off from Spider-Man’s story to became the Lethal Protector with his own series.
Tom Hardy is an Academy Award nominee for “The Revenant,” from 2015. He also starred as the villain Bane in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” and starred in two more Nolan films: “Inception” and “Dunkirk.” He’s also getting ready to reprise his role as Max Rockatansky in “Mad Max: The Wasteland.”
Michelle Williams plays Eddie’s longtime love interest, Anne. Williams starred in “All the Money in the World” and “The Greatest Showman” last year. The four-time Academy Award nominee appeared in a few series and movies before her breakout role in the TV series “Dawson’s Creek.” She has worked tirelessly ever since. Her most recent Oscar nomination was for “Manchester by the Sea” in 2016, but with six films on their way, it won’t be long before she is invited back again.
Riz Ahmed is an Emmy winner for “The Night Of” from HBO. He starred in “Nightcrawler” and “Rogue One” among other films. And he will appear soon in “The Sisters Brothers” and a new, modern interpretation of “Hamlet.”
“Venom” was adapted by Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel and Will Beall. Rosenberg and Pinkner are fresh off last year’s surprise hit, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” and will write the sequel. Marcel wrote “Saving Mr. Banks” and is working on “Cruella,” for Disney. And Beall has another superhero film due out this year, as he also wrote the script for “Aquaman.”
Ruben Fleischer directs. He made his feature debut with the hit, “Zombieland,” in 2009. He will soon direct a sequel to that film, and is also on track to direct “Jekyll” for Lionsgate.
“Venom” will be in theaters on October 5.