Venom 2 cinematographer Robert Richardson says Woody Harrelson will indeed be returning as Carnage for the sequel. Richardson himself confirmed as much in a recent interview with Collider.
At one point, Richardson was reported to have been attached to Ben Affleck’s The Batman, but left after Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) took over. In the press fallout after the changing of the guard, Richardson admitted he wanted to board a superhero property at some point, which was the main point in drawing him to Sony’s Venom sequel. In the same breath, Richardson made to sure point out Harrelson’s involvement as a major plus to joining the production.
I would say yes anyway to Andy just because I would say yes to Andy, but I also think it’s a great… I think it’s unexplored yet, and it’s going to explode, and this film, I think, will help it explode, because you have a remarkable central character with Venom, but now you’ve got Woody Harrelson, who’s going to obviously make his own little entrance here, and we’ll see what else comes in with the Sony Marvel collaboration. I look forward to it. It’s a massive change for me, but I’m excited. I think Hardy is one of our best.
Despite being panned by critics, Venom was a hit with fans. As of this writing, the Ruben Fleischer-directed outing has an 80 percent Fresh Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Those same fans also let their money do the talking as the film was a hit commercially, raking in over $850 million worldwide, a whopping $642m of which came internationally.
Again, it was widely believed Harrelson would return for Venom 2, and while this isn’t exactly an official confirmation, it’s encouraging to hear Richardson openly discuss Harrelson’s involvement. Carnage, who in the comics is the symbiote offspring of Venom, is a character fans have wanted to see onscreen for a long time and viewers were excited by the prospect of the two going at it in the near future.
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