Andy Serkis is officially taking the helm of the “Venom” sequel, the actor and filmmaker closing his deal to direct the follow-up to 2018’s comic book adaptation which grossed $856 million at the global box office.
Serkis was one of several filmmakers in the mix for the job and flew to Los Angeles mid-July to meet with Sony execs. The project marks his third directorial effort after “Breathe” and “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle”.
Serkis rose to fame for his motion-capture and performance-capture acting work in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Planet of the Apes” trilogies along with playing Supreme Leader Snoke in the recent “Star Wars” films and Ulysses Klaw in the Marvel Studios films. He cut his teeth on directing by handling the second unit action on “The Hobbit” trilogy.
Tom Hardy is expected to reprise his role of the journalist who joins with an alien symbiote in the film which has Kelly Marcel penning the script.