Jenny Slate is more than just a comedy actress but her strengths are that she can lighten the mood and bring the energy up in a room. Sony’s “R”-rated Venom is going to be dark and horrific, like a John Carpenter movie, so it makes a lot of sense to add someone who can offer the audience some room to breathe. It’s unclear how prominent her role is, but Slate is said to be playing a scientist in the Spider-Man spinoff film that will also feature Marvel villain Carnage.
Variety also recently reported that Michelle Williams is in talks to star alongside Tom Hardy as a district attorney and possibly love interest of Hardy’s character, Eddie Brock, who becomes the title character. Rogue One‘s Riz Ahmed is also in talks for the film slated for release on Oct. 5, 2018.
Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer is directing Venom, which shoots this fall.
Sony is spinning a web around a new Spider-Man universe. With Spider-Man Homecoming‘s villain being Vulture (Michael Keaton), the studio is focusing on several spinoffs including Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio, not to mention the already announced Silver & Black, featuring characters Silver Sable and Black Cat.
The idea, says a studio source, is to build out a world gradually rather than launch one immediately, as they had been trying with Spider-Man villain ensemble Sinister Six.
As Variety notes, Slate has already shown her range in 2017, jumping from dramas like Gifted to lighthearted dramedies like Aardvark and The Polka King. She recently starred in “Landline” for Amazon, reteaming with Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, the filmmakers behind her 2014 comedy Obvious Child.