We've got some juicy bits of info regarding Venom 2. First up, we have word that Stephen Graham, who most recently starred in Martin Scorsese's gangster epic The Irishman, has been added to the growing cast. We also are hearing from one of the movie's producers that, largely thanks to the success Joker has enjoyed over the past few months, an R-rating isn't off the table for the sequel.
As for the casting, according to several reports, Stephen Graham has joined the cast in a currently undisclosed role. Graham's previous credits include HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Snatch, Gangs of New York and, more recently, the Elton John biopic Rocketman. The cast also includes returning stars Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, as well as Woody Harrelson, who appeared briefly in a post-credit sequence in the first movie. Harrelson is playing Cletus Kasady, aka the man that goes on to become fan-favorite villain Carnage. Oscar-winner Naomie Harris is also on board and is set to play the character Shriek.
The other bit of very interesting information comes from producer Matt Tolmach. When last we heard, the only way Venom 2 will be R-rated is if the Sony/Marvel Studios deal fell through. However, the two studios came to terms on the future of Spider-Man, so it seemed like Venom 2 was going the PG-13 route once again. However, Tolmach explained in a recent interview that Joker has made it so they are, at the very least, considering it. Here's what he had to say.
"I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don't think anybody is looking to just say, 'Hey, they [did it]!' We have a place in the world. So it isn't like suddenly everybody's considering what to do with the rating...RELATED: Venom 2 Wants Naomie Harris as Shriek
I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden... So you know, I think it's the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling."
Joker has grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office since its release in early October. The first Venom was PG-13, even though many wanted to see a more violent version of the character on screen. Still, it didn't hurt the bottom line, as the Spider-Man spin-off grossed $855 million at the global box office, obliterating expectations.
Andy Serkis Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is in the director's chair, working from a script by Kelly Marcel Saving Mr. Banks. Sony hasn't officially announced a release date yet, but it's expected that Venom 2 will hit theaters on October 2, 2020, since the studio has staked out that date for an unnamed sequel. The news of the movie's possible R-rating comes to us via Joblo.
Meanwhile six-time nominee 'Little Women' only won one award, for costume design, in an awards ceremony that featured numerous onstage comments praising the work of female directors.
The 2020 Oscars marked another disappointing awards ceremony for the team behind Netflix's Martin Scorsese-directed mob drama, The Irishman. After being shut out at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, the epic, decade-spanning and decade-in-the-making story starring Robert De Niro and Oscar nominees Al Pacino and Joe Pesci failed to win any of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.
Still, Scorsese got a few shout-outs from the stage, with Chris Rock and Steve Martin mentioning the film and the director in their monologue and best director winner Bong Joon Ho taking a minute to note how, as an aspiring director, he was particularly inspired by Scorsese, comments that prompted the Academy Awards audience to give Scorsese a standing ovation.
Meanwhile, other top nominees had a relatively disappointing night, with six-time nominees Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story and Little Women only taking home one award each. Little Women's prize was arguably the lowest profile award of those one by Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story, only taking home the prize for best costume design. It's poor showing was somewhat ironic given that a theme throughout the show was praising the work of female directors, like Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig, despite the fact that none were nominated for best director again this year. Jojo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay while Marriage Story's Laura Dern won the best supporting actress award she was expected to take home
While Once Upon A Time in Hollywood won two awards, for production design and best supporting actor Brad Pitt, writer-director-producer Quentin Tarantino didn't win any of the awards for which he was nominated including high-profile prizes best original screenplay, best director and best picture.
Similarly, 11-time nominee Joker only won two awards, for best score and best actor Joaquin Phoenix, high-profile victories but a significant drop, numbers-wise, from its leading spot among nominated films.
Also while Parasite was predicted to do well at the 2020 Oscars, with the best picture race shaping up as a battle between the Bong Joon Ho film and Sam Mendes' 1917, many pundits expected 1917 to win best picture or for Mendes to win best director, if not both, particularly after 1917 won the top prizes at the BAFTA Awards last week, in the middle of Oscar voting, after winning the top prizes at the DGA Awards and PGA Awards. And while 1917 won three awards, all were in technical categories.
Other multiple Oscar nominees that were shut out included Harriet and The Two Popes.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Tom Hardy and his Venom tongue recently gave fans a first look at Woody Harrelson's suddenly sharp-dressed man, the antagonistic Cletus Kasady, a.k.a., “Carnage.” He'll be the primary villain, although we will hopefully soon hear more about who will portray Shriek. Michelle Williams will return as Anne Weying, and Andy Serkis is directing this installment, although Harrelson's the presence who's stoking the most excitement lately. He's lost the crazy red wig, it seems, and fresh Instagrams from photographer Greg Williams show how production fared late last week.
It looks like Harrelson and Hardy whose characters are former cellmates and not friendly now are having a fine time with some lighter moments on the set. Harrelson's looking much more conventional and less like a prison-bound Sideshow Bob. Yet the comics revealed that the Venom symbiote fused with Kasady, so look out for that to take center stage in the sequel. Oh, and Hardy's Eddie Brock got stuck in the rain.
Hardy posted some additional images taken by Greg Williams on his Instagram. Director Andy Serkis looks like he's having a ball, and screenwriter Kelly Marcel's on the scene with Hardy having been very involved in the scriptwriting process as well. Given that the film managed to pull in over $213 million at domestic theaters and $856 million worldwide, let's hope this sequel doesn't disappoint the masses. With Harrelson on board, though, this team shouldn't have a problem keeping the guilty-pleasure vibe alive.