One of the projects that are in Sony's Spider-Man Universe slate is Kraven the Hunter which will star Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the titular antihero. The project has been in development for some time now and we haven't heard more details ever since Taylor-Johnson was cast on the role. Now, it looks like the film is finally steaming ahead as an award-winning actor has joined the cast.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Russell Crowe is joining Sony's Kraven the Hunter movie. The exact details of the story and the Oscar-winning actor's role are still under wraps, but it is believed that he will be playing a relative of Kraven although THR reporter Borys Kit tweeted that he heard from his sources that Crowe will specifically play Kraven's father.
Triple Frontier director J.C. Chandor is helming the film from a screenplay by Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Richard Wenk. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serve as producers. The film will center on Kraven the Hunter, who is known as one of Spider-Man's foes in the comics. He made his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in 1964 and is created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. It is unknown how the story of the film will play (especially without the presence of Spider-Man), but we can pretty much assume that it will be similar to Venom and Morbius where he will have his own solo adventure first.
Crowe is definitely a great addition to the cast since he is a wonderful actor with a lot of awards on his mantle. Whether he will play Kraven's father or not, it's already exciting to see what he'll do in the film and how he will play in the plot. This will be Crowe's third foray into the comic book world as he previously played Jor-El in DCEU's Man of Steel and is set to play Zeus in the MCU's Thor: Love and Thunder which will be released this year.
With the casting of Crowe, it is a sign that the production for the film is set to begin soon. We should be hearing more casting news regarding the film in the next couple of weeks although Kit tweeted that Jodie Turner-Smith, who has been rumored to play Calypso, has not been cast yet.
Kraven the Hunter is scheduled to be released in theaters on January 13, 2023.