Actress Michelle Williams has been attached to Sony’s Venom for a while, but only now have we finally had confirmation of her role – that of Anne Weying.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom is set to be adapted from the Lethal Protector run of the Marvel comicbook, and is expected to spearhead Sony’s own superhero franchise – without the presence of Spider-Man. The narrative specifics of the story are still thin on the ground, but with the likes of Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and more recently Woody Harrelson, it’s hard not to be excited about the film.
Back in July, rumours about the appearance of Anne Weying in the project began to come to light – though at this point, we knew very little about the film itself. In the months that followed, Venom began to slowly take shape, and reports of four-time Oscar-nominee Williams joining the cast set the internet abuzz with excitement.
Williams sat down with Screen Rant whilst doing press for new Ridley Scott film, All the Money in the World, and she spoke about her upcoming role in the Tom Hardy-led project, due for release next year. And while the story was likely a deciding factor in her taking the role, she also admitted that the prospect of working alongside a versatile actor like Hardy certainly sweetened the deal:
“SR: You’ve been known to pick great roles with amazing scripts and Venom’s coming up and that has so much stacked talent. You, Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, it amazing, so what is it about that script that’s attracting so much talent around it?
Williams: We’re having fun. Um, we’re having fun. It’s, um, well for me it’s Tom (Hardy). I just thought, well, that guy knows what he’s doing. I’m just going to go steal some of his moves, figure out what he knows. I just wanted to, you know, you’re only as good as the people you play with and I really wanted to challenge myself with him as a partner.”
And, although Sony are desperately keeping film details under-wraps, Williams did confirm her role as Anne Weying:
“SR: Is Venom comparable to anything else you’ve done previously, and what can you tell us about Anne Weying?
Michelle Williams: I’ve done one other movie where I was asked to track a tennis ball with my eyes and pretend it was a giant creature thing. Not my favorite thing in the world to do, but it is a skill set and I’m trying to learn it. And uh, she’s, geez, what can I tell you? Not too much right now.”
In the comicbooks, Weying is Brock’s ex-wife, with whom he maintains a love-hate relationship. Appearing for the first time in Amazing Spider-Man #375, she is a successful lawyer, and as her story progresses, she becomes She-Venom, a.k.a. The Bride of Venom, which leads her down and dark and emotional path. It remains to be seen whether Sony will incorporate this into Venom’s story, but with the film’s R-rating, they certainly have the creative license to do so.