We can’t deny we’d kind of hoped that this may well be a possibility once his casting was announced, but there’s a new rumour claiming that Woody Harrelson will actually be the Tom Hardy-headlined Venom’s Carnage.
Previously, certain speculation had Riz Ahmed pegged as playing Cletus Kasady, aka the maniacal Carnage, but now That Hashtag Show claims that the beloved Harrelson is the one playing Kasady.
We’ve long known that Cletus Kasady would feature in some form, and the recent reveal that Ahmed’s character is the Life Foundation’s Dr Carlton Drake has seemingly ruled him out of the Kasady gig. Now, the latest story is that Harrelson is the one to tackle this most nefarious of rogues.
That Hashtag Show is usually a pretty darn reliable source, and they’re the ones now saying that Harrelson will be playing Carnage… kind of. For further details, be warned that there be some potential spoilers ahead.
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Right, of course it’s best to say to take this with a pinch of salt right now, for we won’t truly know if this next part is true until Venom hits screens this October. That said, it does sound very, very plausible.
This new report claims that Carnage won’t actually be a part of the main action. After the bulk of the tale pays out, Hardy’s Eddie Brock will find himself in San Quentin prison. There, we’ll see that Cletus Kasady, as played by Woody Harrelson, is under the care of none other than Dr Ashley Kafka – a name more than familiar to longtime fans of Venom and Carnage. Dr Kafka will introduce these two, and we’ll get a brief glimpse of Brock’s symbiote making its way over to Kasady before the film cuts to black. The same report suggests that this will either be a shot right at the very end of the film or possibly even used as a post-credits sequence.
Given how director Ruben Fleischer has already confirmed that Venom will pull inspiration from the Venom: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes comic book arcs, that would allow Hardy’s Brock to battle his twisted ‘offspring’ – Agony, Lasher, Phage, Riot, and Scream – while Carnage is left off the table until any sequel. Adding a little more fuel to this fire, the recent Venom trailer featured a lot of the film’s key players, but it didn’t show Woody Harrelson.
As ever, treat all of this as speculation for now, but a lot of this certainly does make sense. We guess we’ll all find out for ourselves when Venom hits the silver screen this October.