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Andy Serkis confirmed as director of Venom 2

Andy Serkis in The Cottage

Story by Jack Foley

ANDY Serkis has completed a deal to direct the sequel to Sony superhero hit Venom.

The sequel, part of the company’s stable of Spider-Man related and Marvel-centric characters, will once again star Tom Hardy as the journalist who joins with an alien symbiote.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is keen to get the sequel in front of the cameras before November 2019.

Ruben Fleischer directed the 2018 movie, which made $856 million at the global box office despite lukewarm reviews, but is not returning. Serkis recently flew to Los Angeles for meetings, which have now been successfully concluded.

As well as acting in films such as Black Panther and King Kong, Serkis is known for his pioneering work motion capture and performance capture, appearing as Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy from 2002 to 2004, as well as King Kong and as Cesar in the Planet of the Apes franchise.

He re-teamed with Jackson on The Hobbit films, where he got experience with second unit directing, which, in turn, fed into his directorial debut with the 2017 drama Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield.

He also directed last year’s non-Disney take on the Rudyard Kipling stories Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which ended up on Netflix.

Kelly Marcel has penned the script for Venom 2, which is expected to feature Carnage as the main villain, following a last-minute cameo at the end of the first film by Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady.

As yet, Sony had no comment.