Andy Serkis will direct Venom 2

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis will direct Venom 2.

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Andy Serkis has closed a deal to direct Venom 2, a representative for him confirmed Monday. The film is a sequel to last year’s hit supervillain caper, which grossed $856 million at the box office globally. 

Tom Hardy will return to play Eddie Brock, a hapless journalist whose body bonds with an alien, providing him with superhuman power and strength. 

The deal closed over the weekend, and filming begins in the fall.

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This is the third time Serkis will take on the role of director, having previously worked on 2017’s Breathe and 2018’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Serkis played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as The Hobbit trilogy. He also portrayed Snoke in the recent Star Wars films and played Klaw in Marvel’s Black Panther.