Woody Harrelson plans pure evil carnage in 'Venom' sequel

Published November 29, 2021, 7:23 AM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

‘Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage’

After the epic breakup of Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), and the alien symbiote in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, part of the symbiote leaps into serial killer Cletus Kasady moments before his execution. Kasady becomes host for Carnage, an even-larger, even-deadlier, and much-more-malevolent spawn of the alien, ruthless and pure evil.

The dual role of Cletus Kasady and Carnage is played by Academy Award-nominated actor Woody Harrelson, who, director Andy Serkis says, “is exceptional in everything he does.”

“Carnage is who the fans have been waiting for, finally making his big screen debut,” says producer Avi Arad. “He’s Venom’s ultimate adversary, stronger and more violent in every way. It doesn’t help that serial killer Cletus Kasady is Carnage’s host, enhancing his maniacal worldview into something incredibly sinister. In the comics, Carnage is Venom’s offspring – his ‘son,’ if you will – which makes the conflict between them far greater.”

Kasady – a killer even before gaining Carnage’s powers – doesn’t feel Eddie’s need to try to restrain the symbiote. To stop Carnage, Eddie and Venom will have to find a way to make their relationship work.

“Cletus is twisted, devious, manipulative, and damaged as anything, but in Woody’s portrayal, you can’t help but love him,” says Serkis. “He could have been just quips and arch, but Woody sits him on a tightrope – a child in one moment, and a deep, dark killer in the next, a real vulnerability underneath it all.”

“He’s a psychotic killer,” says Harrelson. “He had a nasty upbringing, and now feels compelled to take revenge on the people he felt were responsible for the state he was in.”

Which means there’s a method of sorts to Cletus’ madness, a driving force that makes him so dangerous. “Even before he meets Eddie, Cletus has a sense that Eddie is going to be a friend – a lifeline, a guy who believes in him,” says Harrelson. Of course, the feeling is all in the mind of the deranged murderer – and when he finds Eddie might not be the friend he’s looking for, Eddie (and Venom) will be on a collision course with Cletus (and Carnage).

“Woody is one of the coolest people I have ever met,” says Tom Hardy. “As a human being and as an actor, he is just formidable. There is nothing that you can present him with that will shock him; he has an answer, a solution to everything and he has a story to tell. As an artist, he is just wonderful, with such a brilliant, talented playful creative mind, that it’s an absolute joy to work with him.”

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen in Venom: Let There Be Carnage as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’s greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.

The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel, story by Tom Hardy & Kelly Marcel, based on the Marvel Comics.

The film is produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, Kelly Marcel, Tom Hardy and Hutch Parker.

The executive producers are Barry Waldman, Jonathan Cavendish and Ruben Fleischer.

In Philippine cinemas Dec. 8, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Use the hashtags #Venom #Carnage

 
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