Venom 2 circles A-list star with the news that Naomie Harris is being considered for the role of the villainous Shriek.
Harris is perhaps best known for her role in 28 Days Later, not to mention her standing as Eve Moneypenny in the Daniel Craig Bond movies. (This includes the forthcoming No Time To Die, released on 3rd April 2020.) In 2016, she scored critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for her powerful performance in director Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, playing the drug-addicted mother of central character Chiron.
In the Venom comics, Shriek is the romantic partner of the feared super-villain Cletus Kasady, who was teased at the end of the first movie (played by a wild-haired Woody Harrelson). Kasady is a psychotic killer who becomes infected with a symbiote, which eventually transforms him into Carnage.
A Harris-Harrelson partnership? That sounds interesting, and the sheer demented nature of the twosome should help keep Tom Hardy's titular character on his toes. The actor helped propel the first Venom movie to grosses of more than $800 million worldwide, although there's a change in personnel for the sequel: Andy Serkis is replacing Ruben Fleischer as director.
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By enveloping yet more fan-favourite characters, the Venom sequel promises to further expand Sony's Marvel Universe. This franchise is described by producer Amy Pascal as an "adjunct" to the Disney-distributed Marvel Cinematic Universe. Next year brings Morbius the Living Vampire, starring Jared Leto.
Venom 2 will follow on the latter movie's heels, and is due for release in October 2020. Do you think Harris is a good choice for the role of Shriek? Let us know @Cineworld.