There's a blank space next to Woody Harrelson's name in the character listing for Venom, but a little birdie is claiming the famed actor will play Carnage in the upcoming film.
Bleeding Cool reports that they've been told in "a very confirm-y way that not only is Carnage to appear in the upcoming Venom movie but, yes, he will be played by Woody Harrelson."
Prior to this, Riz Ahmed was rumored to play Carnage while Harrelson's yet-to-be-named character was described as "a henchman of sorts." Now, Ahmed is listed to play Dr. Carlton Drake in the film, making neither descriptions match the comic book character.
Carnage debuted in 1992's Amazing Spider-Man #360 when an alien symbiote merged with a serial killer named Cletus Kasady, thus creating a darker villain than Venom. However, Carnage became so vicious Venom eventually had to team up with his archenemy Spider-Man to stop him. It seems Hardy's Venom might have to fend off Carnage by himself this time.
If Harrelson is portraying the red-and-black villain, it wouldn't be the first time he's played a serial killer, having taken the role of one in 1994's Natural Born Killers. He also gave us chills in his psychotic role of the Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes. So there's little doubt that he'd be an epic Carnage. He's also shown he's down to play big franchise ball with sags like Star Wars and The Hunger Games.
Venom is set to hit theaters Oct. 5.