It’s Official: The Venom 2 Director is Andy Serkis

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BY August 6, 2019

Last month, after rumors spread that Andy Serkis would direct the Venom sequel, the studio shrugged them off. The official word then was that Sony was meeting with a few different candidates. Along with Serkis, the studio was also considering Travis Knight, the director of Bumblebee, and Rupert Wyatt, who helmed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After all that, it turns out the original stories were right all along–Serkis will be the Venom 2 director. Here’s everything we know so far.

Andy Serkis? That Sounds Familiar!

Andy Serkis and Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30.
Image via Columbia

Even if you’ve never seen a film Serkis directed, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with his work as an actor. Serkis has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for example, as Ulysses Klaue, aka Klaw. Or maybe you remember him as Jenna’s boss in 13 Going on 30. Likely, however, you’re most familiar with his motion-capture work. He has played digital characters ranging from Caesar in the Planet of the Apes series–hi again, Rupert Wyatt–to most famously, Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series.

If you’re less familiar with his directorial work, that’s understandable. Up until now, it’s been light, at least compared to his acting resume. In fact, he’s directed only 3 movies so far, including the Jungle Book sequel, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. So he’s a surprising pick for Venom 2 director. Then again, he’s been in front of the camera in several big-budget movies, so he’s probably picked up some skills.

What to Expect from the Newly Hired Venom 2 Director

First of all, besides the director, there won’t be any significant changes. Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams will be returning, for example. In addition, Kelly Marcel, who wrote the first movie, is also writing the sequel. (Ma’am, please don’t write another “turd in the wind” line, thanks.)

Beyond that, the symbiote’s the limit. We know no plot details at the moment, such as whether Venom will run into (or GET ME PICTURES of) the Spider-Man, but we can make an educated guess. Judging by the after-credits scene from the first film, it’s likely Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, will also return. And then? Madness, I guess. Harrelson’s played a lot of world-weary characters in recent years, when he’s not making amazing faces at Wimbledon. It’ll be fun to watch him return to something menacing. So what you are hoping for?

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.

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