When the Venom sequel begins filming at some point in the near future, it will do so with someone at the helm that is quite knowledgeable about playing one character with dual roles.
Planet of the Apes trilogy star & former Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Gollum himself Andy Serkis has officially been chosen to be the director for the Tom Hardy starring sequel, the news shared by Serkis on his Twitter.
Previous director Ruben Fleischer is too busy with the upcoming Zombieland: Double Tap release leading to the need for a new director for Sony’s Spider-Manless Spider-Verse. Serkis has been reportedly on a short list for awhile alongside Bumblebee director Travis Knight & Serkis’ former Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt.
Serkis has comic book movie experience after playing the villainous Ulysses Klaw in first Avengers: Age of Ultron and then returning for Black Panther.
This will be Serkis’ third directorial work after 2017’s Breathe and last year’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle that moved from Warner Bros. to Netflix. All the years working with motion capture and CG from Lord of the Rings to King Kong to the Apes trilogy no doubt was a helping factor in his getting the gig, alongside the comic film experience, since that is a large part of making Venom work.
There is no word yet on what the sequel will tackle, but the first film did leave the teaser to the possibility of a Woody Harrelson version of Cletus Kasady/Carnage showing up.