Tom Hardy May Have Confirmed Andy Serkis As ‘Venom 2’ Director

Is Andy Serkis directing the Venom sequel? It kinda looks that way. Over the weekend we learned that Serkis was on the short list of candidates to direct Tom Hardy in the Spider-Man spinoff flick. And it’s Hardy who appears to have confirmed Serkis’ hiring in a since-deleted post on Instagram…

I mean…this could be nothing? What’s with the spade and fire emoji? Maybe he’s just really good at playing cards?

Hardy is stoking rumors here, and that he deleted it suggests no deal with Serkis has been finalized. It’s also possible Serkis takes on an acting role rather than a directing one. While he’s unquestionably the most renowned motion-capture actor in cinematic history, Serkis has directed some quality films in Breathe and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. If he’s won the Venom 2 gig it would be an upgrade from Ruben Fleischer, that’s for sure. In the past he’s taken a keen interest in Hardy’s maniacal performance, and would have some insight in making it even better.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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