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Cast This: Venom

Dec. 27, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Another day, another "Cast This" Venom edition!

This is our third time around with the dark side of the symbiote. There's been conversation after conversation about bringing Venom to the big screen. We finally got him in SPIDER-MAN 3 but it wasn't exactly what we were looking for. While Topher Grace was good at playing a total dick, fans were still hungry for a better portrayal.

In the past you guys suggest that guys like Tom Hardy and Jon Bernthal could fit the character perfectly. Many of you voted on WWE's Brock Lesnar because he was physically perfect for the role, however, there's that little thing called acting that factors into all this. At first I too thought that pshyicality would be a pretty important aspect until I saw Joe Lynch and Adi Shankar's venom short, TRUTH IN JOURNALISM. In it, Ryan Kwanten plays the role of Eddie Brock but the reveal is much more subtle than you might think. This idea proved to be a rather successful surprise. Kwanten certainly isn't Brock Lesnar but there's ways to work around that as the short proved.

So here's my take on all this: Find a guy with the Eddie Brock persona and of course a similar face to go along with that. If the actor fits that criteria and knocks it out of the park then move on to the Venom aspect. There is the mo-cap option (e.g. Mark Ruffalo/Hulk). If Venom is getting his own solo movie and will eventually make his way into other superhero flicks, then they will most likely go that route rather than the one taken in the TRUTH IN JOURNALISM short.

That said, cast away!

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': Wonder Woman for BATMAN VS SUPERMAN:

1. Jaimie Alexander 2. Gina Carano 3. Bridget Regan

Regardless of the choices at the end of the day FAST AND FURIOUS star Gal Gadot won the role of Wonder Woman. I'm not going to get into the body issues raised by several fans, but instead wish her the best of luck. I think all the choices that you schmoes came up with are great. I think that Bridget Regan (LEGEND OF THE SEEKER, WHITE COLLAR) should actually be in second. Will be interesting to finally see WW on the big screen.

Extra Tidbit: I love the character of Venom, and am fascinated by the symbiote's journey (Toxin, Anti-Venom, Hybrid, Scream) but when can I get my Carnage movie?
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6:54PM on 12/28/2013

Henry Rollins

As Eddie Brock...well if this was a decade ago...he's aged well but in his prime I always saw him as a good counterpart for Eddie.

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As Eddie Brock...well if this was a decade ago...he's aged well but in his prime I always saw him as a good counterpart for Eddie.

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11:26PM on 12/27/2013
Walton Goggins
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6:56PM on 12/27/2013
Dominic Purcell and Kellan Lutz are my two choices.
Dominic Purcell and Kellan Lutz are my two choices.
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5:35PM on 12/27/2013

My picks

1. Sam Witwer
2. Aaron Paul
3. Alexander Skarsgard
4. Garret Hedlund
1. Sam Witwer
2. Aaron Paul
3. Alexander Skarsgard
4. Garret Hedlund
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2:31PM on 12/27/2013
Someone's already mentioned him... I'm going to say Timothy Olyphant!
Someone's already mentioned him... I'm going to say Timothy Olyphant!
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1:53PM on 12/27/2013

Also...

I know that the JoBlo staff has a ton of columns to write, but this always seems to be one of the popular ones so if we could pretty please get it more regularly than every month and a half or so then that would be fantastic. If you're at a loss of ideas for the column then I'd suggest casting the Marve Netflix series (Daredevil. Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones), one per installment. Then I'd recommend casting some of the more notable supporting roles in upcoming superhero films like
I know that the JoBlo staff has a ton of columns to write, but this always seems to be one of the popular ones so if we could pretty please get it more regularly than every month and a half or so then that would be fantastic. If you're at a loss of ideas for the column then I'd suggest casting the Marve Netflix series (Daredevil. Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones), one per installment. Then I'd recommend casting some of the more notable supporting roles in upcoming superhero films like Nightwing, Wasp, Apocalypse, maybe even the new Alfred and Commissioner Gordon, they're iconic enough and people are invested enough in the character that I bet they'd still be a big draw for the column. Also one where we cast the Fantastic Four. You could also ask for suggestions in the strikebacks about what to do in the next column like they do for Movie Jail.
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1:41PM on 12/27/2013

Ben Foster

If you want to portray the Eddie Brock of the comics, but make him closer in age to Peter then Foster's your man. My backup choice would be Aaron Paul.
If you want to portray the Eddie Brock of the comics, but make him closer in age to Peter then Foster's your man. My backup choice would be Aaron Paul.
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12:49PM on 12/27/2013
Gina Carano. She's a more believable Venom than Wonder Woman.
Gina Carano. She's a more believable Venom than Wonder Woman.
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12:29PM on 12/27/2013
The Rock. Think about it. Charismatic and physically perfect. Come on, he needs his superhero movie!
The Rock. Think about it. Charismatic and physically perfect. Come on, he needs his superhero movie!
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11:13AM on 12/27/2013
Guess Im the only one who wants Brock Lesnar.. I know the man probably can't act, but Eddie is usually calm and angry at the same time, think that wont be too hard to pull off. But this is based of looks alone. Cant think of a Actor, known or unknown, to play the part. I would want to see a big dude fighting a little dude like in the comics. Someone who is physically opposing without the symbiote.
Guess Im the only one who wants Brock Lesnar.. I know the man probably can't act, but Eddie is usually calm and angry at the same time, think that wont be too hard to pull off. But this is based of looks alone. Cant think of a Actor, known or unknown, to play the part. I would want to see a big dude fighting a little dude like in the comics. Someone who is physically opposing without the symbiote.
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10:48AM on 12/27/2013
how about Sam Worthington? Also though I would like to point out that its kind of silly we're casting a character that we've already casted twice before when there's so many other characters out there rumored to rebooted that are a lot more interesting than Venom. Examples: Commissioner Gordon, Alfred, Captain Marvel.
how about Sam Worthington? Also though I would like to point out that its kind of silly we're casting a character that we've already casted twice before when there's so many other characters out there rumored to rebooted that are a lot more interesting than Venom. Examples: Commissioner Gordon, Alfred, Captain Marvel.
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10:11AM on 12/27/2013
Matt Damon could work. Unlike some of the other mentioned picks, he's an actual actor. And if he bulked up like in Elysium, he'd definitely fit.
Matt Damon could work. Unlike some of the other mentioned picks, he's an actual actor. And if he bulked up like in Elysium, he'd definitely fit.
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10:02AM on 12/27/2013
Garrett Hedlund as Venom and Kevin Bacon as Carnage.
Garrett Hedlund as Venom and Kevin Bacon as Carnage.
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9:33AM on 12/27/2013

Miley Cyrus

Think about how much the studio will be able to save not having to hire someone to do makeup
Think about how much the studio will be able to save not having to hire someone to do makeup
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9:59AM on 12/27/2013
She does have that right Tongue pose for Venom, hehe.
She does have that right Tongue pose for Venom, hehe.
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9:02AM on 12/27/2013

I'm sure these won't get picked, but

just to spit ball, alexander ludwig, armie hammer, liam hemsworth. Im just thinking of a younger Eddie Brock and i like the other choices.
just to spit ball, alexander ludwig, armie hammer, liam hemsworth. Im just thinking of a younger Eddie Brock and i like the other choices.
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7:59AM on 12/27/2013

Here me out first!

I totally think Channing "Taintyum" could be a great Eddie Brock! We yet to see him take that turn, especially if your trying to spin venom off into his own! Tom Hardy is also a great pick but he was already Bane. If we had a time machine I would say Marky Mark in Fear!
I totally think Channing "Taintyum" could be a great Eddie Brock! We yet to see him take that turn, especially if your trying to spin venom off into his own! Tom Hardy is also a great pick but he was already Bane. If we had a time machine I would say Marky Mark in Fear!
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6:47AM on 12/27/2013
We definitely need an edit button. Cause it looks like I just said Tom hardy played a talking pig.
We definitely need an edit button. Cause it looks like I just said Tom hardy played a talking pig.
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7:55AM on 12/27/2013
There is an edit button.
There is an edit button.
6:45AM on 12/27/2013
If he didn't already play babe I'd say tom hardy.
If he didn't already play babe I'd say tom hardy.
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5:57AM on 12/27/2013
DOLPH LUNDGREN! Even now, he is the perfect match. here's a picture to illustrate this :)
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DOLPH LUNDGREN! Even now, he is the perfect match. here's a picture to illustrate this :)
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5:48AM on 12/27/2013

Chris Pine?

I was going to say Jason Statham, but then I figured Chris Pine is a good actor, is young, would have a very cool dynamic with Garfield's Spider-Man, and has that boyish face to counteract the symbiote's sinister personality.
I was going to say Jason Statham, but then I figured Chris Pine is a good actor, is young, would have a very cool dynamic with Garfield's Spider-Man, and has that boyish face to counteract the symbiote's sinister personality.
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4:48AM on 12/27/2013
Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
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4:34AM on 12/27/2013

This one's easy...

Jon Bernthal.
Jon Bernthal.
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4:25AM on 12/27/2013

my choice

Dave Batista, he's built and I think he could fill the rule of Eddie Brock, and allow the filmmakers to use limited CGI
Dave Batista, he's built and I think he could fill the rule of Eddie Brock, and allow the filmmakers to use limited CGI
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4:02AM on 12/27/2013
Joel Edgerton please
Joel Edgerton please
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4:01AM on 12/27/2013

no other choice

timothy olyphant... with a complety CGI venom
timothy olyphant... with a complety CGI venom
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3:52AM on 12/27/2013
We've had this before; I suggested Til Schweiger then.
We've had this before; I suggested Til Schweiger then.
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3:53AM on 12/27/2013
That's a great choice.
That's a great choice.
3:05AM on 12/27/2013
my money would be on Kellan Lutz
my money would be on Kellan Lutz
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2:41AM on 12/27/2013

Jon Bernthal

I still like the idea of Jon Bernthal. He's a terrific actor and has the right build for the character.

I would also accept Vin Diesel as a suitable backup.
I still like the idea of Jon Bernthal. He's a terrific actor and has the right build for the character.

I would also accept Vin Diesel as a suitable backup.
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2:02AM on 12/27/2013
Clancy Brown would have been perfect for Brock/Venom 30 years ago, but I'd have to go with someone like Manu Bennett or Dominic Purcell right now.
Clancy Brown would have been perfect for Brock/Venom 30 years ago, but I'd have to go with someone like Manu Bennett or Dominic Purcell right now.
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2:00AM on 12/27/2013

I'll say it...

Channing Tatum.

He's earned his way off all our shit lists, he's destined to have a Marvel or DC superhero role at some point, and he's a thousand times more entertaining when he's playing a character who is kind of a dick.

I can see him as both villain and anti-hero, and like Tom Hardy as Bane he can look like a physical threat to the hero without CGI.
Channing Tatum.

He's earned his way off all our shit lists, he's destined to have a Marvel or DC superhero role at some point, and he's a thousand times more entertaining when he's playing a character who is kind of a dick.

I can see him as both villain and anti-hero, and like Tom Hardy as Bane he can look like a physical threat to the hero without CGI.
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