For some time now, we’ve known Michelle Williams will be part of the Venom cast alongside star Tom Hardy and actors like Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate. But her character — and indeed most of the characters in the film — has been a mystery. The role was initially described as a New York Assistant District Attorney, leading many to assumed she would be Anne Weying, Eddie Brock’s ex-wife.
And it seems that is the case. When Screenrant recently spoke to the actor about the new Ridley Scott film, All The Money in The World, she spoke about the upcoming role and refining her skills with Hardy as a scene partner. When asked what she can say about playing Anne Weying, her response was:
I’ve done one other movie where I was asked to track a tennis ball with my eyes and pretend it was a giant creature thing. Not my favorite thing in the world to do, but it is a skill set and I’m trying to learn it. And uh, she’s, geez, what can I tell you? Not too much right now.
Note the fact she does not address the character’s name.
While it seems likely that she is playing Weying, a character who eventually gets her own Venom-ous storyline, its interesting that Sony is keeping the cast on a tight leash about their parts. I suppose revealing character names may lead to correct guesses about plots or stinger scenes, but it also leads to untamed expectations. Let’s assume, for a moment, that Williams is not playing Weying. There are already plenty of people on the internet looking forward to her becoming She-Venom that will be disappointing if that’s not the case. Meanwhile, outside the geeky framework, her character’s name has no cultural cache, rendering its secrecy a silly exercise.
Also, it means the actors involved must field these questions constantly and grasp for new ways to say “I don’t know what I can say.”
Which, I guess, is a long way of saying movie studios should stop playing coy with the names of major characters in upcoming productions. It’ll save everyone a little bit of grief.
Venom opens on October 5th, 2018.