UPDATED as of December 18, 2017:
We're still not officially there yet, but at least we've got a non-denial confirmation that four-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams will be playing Anne Weying in Sony's upcoming Venom film, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Weying's ex-husband.
Williams' part hasn't been identified thus yet on the film's IMDB page, nor have the roles being played by Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed, or Woody Harrelson (who's still listed as "rumored" at this point). But while interviewing Williams recently, ScreenRant posed a very specific question, to which they received a far-from specific answer:
SR: Is Venom comparable to anything else you’ve done previously, and what can you tell us about Anne Weying?
Michelle Williams: I’ve done one other movie where I was asked to track a tennis ball with my eyes and pretend it was a giant creature thing. Not my favorite thing in the world to do, but it is a skill set and I’m trying to learn it. And uh, she’s, geez, what can I tell you? Not too much right now.
So, there's your non-denial confirmation. Granted, they didn't inquire as to whether or not Weying will be bonded to Brock's alien symbiote and become She-Venom, as she's done in the comics, so we'll have to wait and see on that front. But, perhaps that's the kind of visual-effects performing Williams is alluding to in her answer above?
It’s nowhere near official, but with Michelle Williams reportedly in preliminary talks with director Ruben Fleischer to possibly join Tom Hardy’s fang-bearing, tongue-lashing, symbiote-bonded Spider-Man villain Eddie Brock in Venom, spawning suspicion that she’s being eyed for Anne Weying.
While it is possible that Williams is also being considered for Black Cat or Silver Sable, there have only been rumors about either of those two baring their claws in this movie. It could be an opportunity to set up their crossover universe film, Silver and Black, and give these supporting characters a slash of the spotlight next to big-name Venom.
So far, only Hardy has been officially confirmed for the film's cast, and the jury's still out on who'll take on the role of Cletus Casady/Carnage, the darker version of Venom who is hell-bent on obliterating Eddie Brock so his symbiote can take over the bodies of other hosts. Then there's Anne Weying, Eddie Brock’s lawyer ex-wife aka She-Venom, whom fans have long speculated could appear in this movie — and who'd seem like a fit with Williams.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Riz Ahmed is also on the film's call sheet, and IMDB already has him on the cast list, although his role has yet to be disclosed.
Venom will strike on Oct. 5, 2018.
This story was originally published on Sept. 27, 2017, and has been updated.