Diesel as Venom August 29, 2008 Is Vin Diesel looking to play Venom? Vin Diesel is scouting for his next big role and the ‘Babylon A.D’ star has his heart set on Marvel. Speaking to reporters, Diesel announced that he hasn’t done a comic book film to date because he’s holding out for a role where he can play the villain as the protagonist. The actor confirmed he had a character in mind but wouldn’t confirm the name but judging from his description “a villain that is also the protagonist”, it looks like Diesel may be hinting at the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off ‘Venom’. Topher Grace played Venom in Spider-Man 3, but agents have been eyeing the role for their clients, as the studio (Sony) is not yet convinced the actor can carry a tentpole the project.