With production now underway on the “Venom” film, some more details about how they intend to pull off the project have come to light.
Motion capture pioneer Andy Serkis, speaking with Yahoo this week, has revealed that actor Tom Hardy will be bringing the black-suited alien symbiote character to life through performance capture technology. Speaking about motion capture in general, he says:
“The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting. Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn… and Karin Konoval who plays Maurice in ‘War For The Planet of the Apes’ – the more A-list actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing ‘The BFG,’ or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films… Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture. It all points up ‘what is the nature of acting?’ and there is no difference between acting wearing a costume and make up, or wearing a motion capture suit. That’s plain and simple, it just needs awarding bodies to understand that.”
Numerous superhero films in recent years have turned to motion capture over costumes for numerous scenes including Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk.
Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, and Scott Haze co-star in the film which Ruben Fleischer is directing. “Venom” opens October 5th next year.