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Aaron Taylor-Johnson set to portray Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter

Aaron Taylor-Johnson will portray Marvel character Kraven the Hunter in a new solo film from Sony Pictures. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Aaron Taylor-Johnson will portray Marvel character Kraven the Hunter in a new solo film from Sony Pictures. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 27 (UPI) -- Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been selected to portray Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter in a standalone film about the Marvel character from Sony Pictures.

J.C. Chandor (Triple Frontier) is directing the film, based off a script by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Richard Wenk. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing.

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Kraven the Hunter, real name Sergei Kravinoff, refers to himself as the world's greatest hunter who possesses super strength and stamina after taking a herbal potion that also extends his life. Kraven takes down large animals using only his hands and eventually sets his sights on Spider-Man in the pages of Marvel Comics.

Kraven the Hunter is set to hit theaters on Jan. 13, 2023.

The project joins other Sony films centered around Spider-Man characters such as Venom starring Tom Hardy and Morbius starring Jared Leto. Sony owns the film rights to Spider-Man, who has yet to appear in these films. Sony's film universe has remained separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring Tom Holland as the wall-crawler.

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Venom sequel Let There Be Carnage is coming to theaters on Sept. 25, while Morbius will be released on Jan. 21, 2022.

Taylor-Johnson will next be seen in action-thriller Bullet Train, based on Japanese author Kotaro Isaka's novel Maria Beetle.

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