Over the last couple of weeks the race for a new director to take the helm for the follow-up to last years ‘Venom’ had been ramped. Now, Andy Serkis has confirmed he has been given the task.

The ‘Jungle Book’ director made the announcement himself via his social media channel’s stating

It’s happening. The Symbiote has found a host in me and I’m ready for the ride…Can’t wait! #venom #venom2 #marvel”

Serkis takes over the reins from Ruben Fleischer, beating other contenders ‘Bumblebee’ helmer Travis Knight and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ director Rupert Wyatt.

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Tom Hardy is returning as the journalist-turned-alien symbiote. ‘Venom,’ from Sony Pictures’ catalogue of Marvel characters, became a surprise hit for the studio. The comic-book adventure grossed $213 million at the domestic box office and a massive $855 million worldwide.

Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”) wrote the script for ‘Venom,’ in which Tom Hardy leads the cast as Eddie Brock, who in the comics was a photographer; Brock later becomes Venom after bonding with a Symbiote. Venom, conceived as a supervillain, became somewhat of an anti-hero. A Symbiote is a sentient alien, with a gooey, almost liquid-like form.

Serkis has made his name in the motion capture field, an expert in his field he has starred in ‘Lord of the Rings’ and as the beloved Caeser in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ trilogy. His directorial work includes Netflix’s darker take on ‘The Jungle Book’ and Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Felicity Jones.