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In September 2017, four-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Michelle Williams shocked the Internet when reports surfaced that she was in talks to star alongside Tom Hardy in Venom. After all, just seven months earlier, Williams’ performance in Manchester by the Sea was being recognized at the 89th Academy Awards. For an acclaimed dramatic actor and art house luminary like Williams to make the leap to the comic book genre, Venom suddenly had the curiosity and the attention of moviegoers who don’t frequent the theater for every entry in the genre.

The film also marked Williams’ first role following the birth of the #MeToo movement, and the star pushed to have her character Anne Weying reflect the current era.

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