Philip Seymour Hoffman has Venom? Philip Seymour Hoffman is reportedly in talks to join Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot. According to Deadline, Hoffman may star as the super-villain Venom, the alter ego of one of Peter Parker’s co-workers at the fictional newspaper the Daily Bugle. Topher Grace previously played Venom in Spider-Man 3. Emma Stone is reportedly playing Mary Jane Watson in the film with Andrew Garfield take over as Spider-Man. The film is scheduled to be released in July 2012.