Morbius: Jared Leto to headline Spider-Man spin-off

Jared Leto, Daniel Espinosa Team For Sony’s ‘Morbius’ Spider-Man Spinoff

He's joining Sony's universe of Spider-Man spin-off movies, in which he's set to play Morbius The Living Vampire.

With this new role, Leto leaps from DC Comics to Marvel, after playing the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad and securing a standalone movie for the character earlier this month. Eventually, he was raised - like Venom - to a sort of antihero status, getting his own comic book titles to headline once readers saw that he wasn't all that bad of a guy.

Jared Leto, actor and lead singer of Thirty Seconds To Mars, attends a launch party for the album America at a pop-up museum called Museum Of America in Los Angeles, California, US, Apr 6, 2018.




The film is being written by the team of Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who recently worked on Netflix's Lost in Space series. The character fought Spider-Man several times, though eventually earned several of his own books where he had a more heroic arc.

Originally Dr. Michael Morbius, the scientist character tried to cure his rare blood disease only to become afflicted with a form of vampirism that gave him superior strength, fangs and a taste for the red stuff. Apparently, it was their script that finally got Leto fully and officially onboard. While Sony still holds the rights to Spider-Man and his stable of villains, Homecoming and Far From Home were co-produced with Marvel Studios, with Marvel handling the majority of the creative work involved with bringing those movies to life.

Sony has not dated the film's opening but production is likely to begin this year, reported Variety.

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