Woody Harrelson in talks to join Venom cast

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Dec 12, 2017, 7:42 PM EST (Updated)

Sony's Spider-Man spin-off Venom began filming in October, but is still adding to its cast, and may have just landed a great addition.

According to The Wrap, Woody Harrelson is in talks to join the picture in an undisclosed role. The movie is being directed by Ruben Fleischer, who directed Harrelson in Zombieland, so this could be a case of old friends finding a new project to work on together.

The rest of the cast includes Tom Hardy as photographer Eddie Brock, who is infected by the alien symbiote of the title, plus Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The plot is under wraps, but could be based off two classic Venom comic book arcs.

Harrelson is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, and has been on a genre tear these last few years. He played Haymitch Abernathy in three of the four Hunger Games movies, was seen earlier this year as the malignant Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes, and just completed his role as Han Solo's presumed mentor in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

If you want to see him at the top of his game (not that he's ever anywhere else), Harrelson gives an outstanding performance as a small-town sheriff in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which is in theaters now.

Venom is the first in a proposed series of movies that will feature characters from the Spider-Man corner of the Marvel Universe -- including Black Cat and Silver Sable -- although Spidey himself will appear fleetingly, if at all.

Venom will be released Oct. 5, 2018. Though purely speculative, our guess is that Harrelson will be playing Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, who will reportedly be the villain in the movie. Harrelson is terrific at playing unhinged roles (see the aforementioned War for the Planet of the Apes or even go back to Natural Born Killers for proof of that), and we could easily see him as a primary nemesis who's basically a homicidal psychopath. Care to speculate yourself on who Woody is going to play? Let us know in the comments!