Sony’s Venom Taps Black Panther Actor for Mystery Role

Black Panther actor Sope Aluko will appear in a second superhero film this year: Sony Pictures’ Venom.

According to Deadline, the Nigerian-born actress has joined the cast of Sony’s Venom solo film, one seemingly disconnected from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She joins a packed cast that includes Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. Aluko’s role has not yet been revealed, which seems to be true for many of the secretive film’s stars.

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In Black Panther, Aluko played Shaman, a citizen of the nation of Wakanda. She previously appeared in films Pitch Perfect 2 and Identity Thief, as well as on television in The Mindy Project and Bloodline.

The news won’t come as a surprise to those following the success of Black Panther, which has now grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It’s no wonder studios are casting the film’s stars in upcoming projects.

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Catch Aluko next in The Best of Enemies with Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson before Venom releases later this year.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The film arrives Oct. 5, 2018.

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