Woody Harrelson replaces Jason Statham in The Man From Toronto

Woody Harrelson has been tapped to replace Jason Statham in action-comedy The Man From Toronto. The British action man was in talks to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming movie, wh…

Woody Harrelson has been tapped to replace Jason Statham in action-comedy The Man From Toronto.

The British action man was in talks to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming movie, which follows his character as he’s forced to team up with Hart’s Teddy and save the day after they are mistaken for each other in a rented Airbnb.

However, he abruptly exited the project last week, before his deal was signed, after disagreeing with Sony executives over the rating of the film, with him wanting an R-rated movie and Sony preferring a PG-13 market. Statham backing out of the film left the production in the lurch just six weeks before filming was set to begin.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Sony officials have swiftly found a replacement in the form of Harrelson, who recently worked with the studio on 2019 Zombieland sequel Double Tap and the upcoming Venom 2. His casting means the production can remain on schedule for a cinema release on 20 November.

The Man from Toronto is being directed by The Hitman’s Bodyguard helmer Patrick Hughes. Robbie Fox wrote the script from a story he originated with Jason Blumenthal, who is producing the movie with Todd Black and Steve Tisch under their Escape Artists banner.

Harrelson was recently seen reprising the role of Tallahassee in last year’s Zombieland: Double Tap and starring in World War II action movie Midway. He recently finished filming Venom 2, in which he stars alongside Tom Hardy as serial killer Cletus Kasady, also known as Carnage, as well as action-thriller Kate, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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Stephen Graham in talks to join Venom 2 – report

Stephen Graham is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom 2.The 46-year-old is in negotiations to star alongside Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris in the Marvel/Sony follow-up directed by Andy Serkis, according to e…

Stephen Graham is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom 2.

The 46-year-old is in negotiations to star alongside Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris in the Marvel/Sony follow-up directed by Andy Serkis, according to editors at Deadline. It is unclear what part he will play.

Hardy is reprising his role as journalist Eddie Brock, who transforms into the titular alien symbiote, while Harrelson is expanding his role as villain Carnage after a post-credits scene at the end of Venom teased his character.

Harris is set to play villain Shriek, who originally served as one of Spider-Man’s adversaries in the Marvel comics.

Should the deal go ahead, it will mark the second time Graham has worked with Hardy, as the pair also starred in the FX series Taboo.

The British actor shot to fame in Guy Ritchie’s comedy-drama Snatch back in 2000, and since then, he has landed roles in movies such as Gangs of New York, Public Enemies, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rocketman, and Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie.

He also played Al Capone on HBO’s hit show Boardwalk Empire, and is currently earning critical acclaim as labour organiser Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

The first Venom movie, released in 2018, underwhelmed critics but grossed a massive $855 million (£649 million) worldwide, prompting Sony bosses to order a sequel.

Kelly Marcel is penning the script, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal returning to produce the movie, along with Hutch Parker.

Venom 2 is slated for release in October 2020.

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Michelle Williams officially onboard for Venom 2

Michelle Williams has confirmed she’s returning for the Venom sequel.The Oscar-nominated actress played lawyer Anne Weying in last year’s blockbuster, and revealed to Yahoo that she was excited to be onboard for Venom 2 after Andy Serkis was hired to h…

Michelle Williams has confirmed she’s returning for the Venom sequel.

The Oscar-nominated actress played lawyer Anne Weying in last year’s blockbuster, and revealed to Yahoo that she was excited to be onboard for Venom 2 after Andy Serkis was hired to helm the movie.

“I’m in. I’m such a fan of Andy’s, and I’m so inspired by what he’s been able to accomplish. He’s so gifted in such a specific way, and I’m very excited to learn from him and be around him,” the 38-year-old gushed.

In 2018’s Venom, Anne was the ex-fiancee of journalist Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, who becomes intertwined with an alien symbiote, to become the movie’s eponymous anti-hero.

The pair work together to try and bring down the villainous Carlton Drake, played by Riz Ahmed, and in one memorable scene, Anne briefly bonded with the symbiote and became She-Venom.

And when asked if the Marvel comic-book character of She-Venom would be making a longer appearance in the sequel, Williams gave a cryptic response.

“I hope I get equal time that way – I can say that!” she teased.

It was announced earlier this month that British filmmaker and actor Serkis will direct Venom 2, and he shared a post on Instagram confirming the exciting news.

“Verified It’s actually happening. I can feel it, the Symbiote has found a host in me, and I’m ready for the ride…Can’t wait,” Serkis wrote, alongside a picture of him posing with a Venom comic.

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Andy Serkis to direct Venom 2

Andy Serkis has been confirmed as the director of Venom 2.The British filmmaker will direct the sequel to last year’s Marvel comic book movie, starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed. “Verified It’s actually happening. I can feel it, the S…

Andy Serkis has been confirmed as the director of Venom 2.

The British filmmaker will direct the sequel to last year’s Marvel comic book movie, starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed.

“Verified It’s actually happening. I can feel it, the Symbiote has found a host in me, and I’m ready for the ride…Can’t wait,” Serkis wrote alongside a picture of him posing with a Venom comic on Instagram, shortly after it was confirmed he had landed the coveted role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 55-year-old flew to Los Angeles last month to meet with Sony studio bosses, and was one of several filmmakers in the running for the job.

It will be the third directorial offering from Serkis, after he helmed 2017 drama Breathe and last year’s Netflix project Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which was a take on the Rudyard Kipling stories.

The father-of-three is best known for his motion capture acting work for characters including Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, and as chimpanzee Caesar in the Planet of the Apes saga.

Venom 2 will once again star Hardy as the journalist Eddie Brock who inadvertently becomes intertwined with an alien symbiote. And according to multiple outlets, the sequel will revolve around villain Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, after Venom’s end credits scene teased Woody Harrelson in the role of the incarcerated criminal.

Producer Amy Pascal also hinted at the possibility that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man could show up in sequel, as Venom is one of the web-slinger’s adversaries.

“Everybody would love to see that,” she shared. “You never know someday… it might happen.”

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