In what looks to be the most surprising casting news this week, Tom Hardy will be playing one of Marvel Comics’ classic villains.

Hardy will play Venom in the Sony Pictures spin-off currently in development that is not related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Venom is the alter ego of Eddie Brock, a photographer at the Daily Bugle who merges with an alien symbiote that once had attached itself to Peter Parker. When Brock gets the symbiote, he becomes Venom.

Ruben Fleischer will be directing the film from a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Shooting is scheduled to begin this fall with a release date of October 5, 2018 locked down.

H/T: Dark Horizons