Michelle Williams has confirmed she will be returning to her role as Anne Weying in the Andy Serkis directed ‘Venom’ sequel.

The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Serkis has taken over the helm from Ruben Fleischer, beating other contenders ‘Bumblebee’ helmer Travis Knight and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ director Rupert Wyatt.

Serkis has also revealed to Slashfilm that Tom Hardy is not only the face of ‘Venom’ but also has a hand in other areas of the production such as lending a hand in writing the story.

“Tom is very involved with the writing with Kelly Marcel of the new story, so it’s very much centred around their take.” 

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Commenting on getting the chance to work with Hardy, Serkis stated;

“We’ve always wanted to work together directly. I’m deeply excited to work with Tom Hardy and to work with all the great actors who are involved in it. It’s a fantastic franchise. I’m really honoured to have been asked to direct it and it feels like it’s a very contemporary story. I think it’s going to be hopefully an extraordinary piece of cinema.”

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.