Sheamus campaigning to play Venom in Spider-Man franchise

Sheamus campaigning to play Venom in Spider-Man franchise - November 2014

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Sony writer/director/producer Alex Kurtzman is currently prepping a Venom movie as part of the expanding Amazing Spider-Man franchise.

Sheamus, wrestling legend currently signed with WWE, has apparently started his own campaign to be cast as Venom.

In an interview with Irish Central, Stephen Farrelly - better known to wrestling fans as the redheaded Sheamus - has revealed not only that he has some ambitious plans to get into acting, but also that he already knows exactly what comic book character he would like to portray.

Discussing his future career goals, which would include working alongside actors such as Michael Fassbender, Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine - X-Men), the wrestler noted that he has long been a fan of the Venom character in Marvel Comics and would cherish the opportunity to portray it on the big screen, advised Farrelly.

"I always read comic books as a kid, I always remember Eddie Brock, who was Venom in the Spider-Man comics. He was kind of a red head. I'd love to play the role of Venom and Eddie Brock. Venom was one of my favorite characters. It would be a dream come true for me to star in the next Spider-Man film as Venom."

Recent moves in the comic book world haven't exactly dismissed this idea as a complete impossibility. In just the last few months we've seen wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista absolutely kill it playing Drax The Destroyer in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - who made the aforementioned transition years ago, is now signed on to play Black Adam in DC Comics' Shazam movie.

Would Sony Pictures be willing to give the starring role in a huge blockbuster like Venom to a fella who doesn't have a ton of professional acting experience? - regardless of how good he is as a professional wrestler aka "sports entertainer".

Venom may not even happen at all. Unlike Marvel Studios or Warner Bros./DC, Sony Pictures has not laid out a fully detailed plan for their future comic book movies, and rumors have suggested that the project may be riddled with challenges such as financial and otherwise.

For the record, Spider-Man is a Marvel Comics creation, however the movie rights have been under license to Sony Pictures for many years.


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