Images: First Photo For The Comic Book Movie Venom

The first photo for Sony's upcoming comic book film Venom has been released, courtesy of the Venom Movie Twitter account. It isn't anything particularly exciting, but it does show that they have officially begun production on the film and Tom Hardy is present. It's just a fun photo to show the fans that day one of shooting has concluded. The cast consists of Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jennie Slate, Reid Scott, Scott Haze, and Riz Ahmed. 

Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock AKA Venom, the original host of the alien Venom symbiote and one of Spider-man's popular supervillains in the comics. Ahmed is playing an unknown character, it was initially believed that he would be playing the arch nemesis Carnage. Sony has since shot down those rumors. Williams will be playing a district attorney and a possible love interest for Hardy. It is believed that the character may be Anne Weying, who was Eddie Brock's (Venom) wife in the comics and eventually came into contact with the symbiote to become She-Venom. Slate is playing a scientist, with nothing else known at this time about her character. Veep actor Reid Scott and Scott Haze also recently joined the cast in unspecified roles.

Venom is being written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), it will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, and is being produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, Palak Patel, and Eric Fineman. Sony has said that this will be a standalone film and will not play a part in the Spider-Man universe.