Ever since Riz Ahmed was cast in Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer‘s Venom, it’s been speculated that he will be playing Cletus Kasady, also known as the vicious Carnage. Ahmed was then spotted on set as Dr. Carlton Drake, a Life Foundation employee who was able to surmise that the Venom symbiote contained five more “seeds” (Agony, Lasher, Riot, Phage, and Scream), and subsequently extracts them. Sure, he could still transform into Carnage, but it doesn’t exactly line up with the comics (not that it has to).
A new rumor over at That Hashtag Show – who has been all over the Venom scoops since early casting – suggests that Woody Harrelson is secretly playing Kasady. Getting to this requires potential spoilers, especially being that they claim to know how the film will end…
According to their source, Carnage will, unfortunately, have no part to play in the main body of the film.
“We know that filming recently took place in San Francisco and it appears that near the end of the film, possibly in a post-credit sequence, Brock will find himself in San Quentin prison, located just to the north of San Francisco. At San Quentin, it appears that Kasady finds himself under the care of Dr. Ashley Kafka, who introduces him to Brock but cautions him to keep his distance. From what our source is telling us, it is during this meeting between Brock and Kasady that a portion of Brock’s symbiote begins making its way towards Kasady before we are cut to black!”
So, according to this report, Venom will feature Tom Hardy‘s Eddie Brock vs. his five seeds, while the film’s sequel will introduce Marvel’s supervillain Carnage.
As for Harrelson, here’s some speculation (no, this isn’t a sequel to Life):
As for which actor could be playing Kasady, we don’t have any confirmation, but we can tell you this: back in December, Woody Harrelson was cast in Venom in a role described as a “henchman of sorts.” Despite numerous set pictures revealing most of the cast, not one picture of Harrelson on set ever emerged…
All will be revealed when Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.